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Concussions in NFL Players Could be Linked to Sexual Problems Later in Life

Concussions in NFL Players Could be Linked to Sexual Problems Later in Life A history of concussion might influence sexual function later in life, according to a recent study of professional football players.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury sustained during a forceful blow to the head. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness, disorientation, and memory problems. Some people with concussions lose consciousness.

The researchers surveyed 3,506 men who had played American-style football for the National Football League (NFL) after 1960. (After that date, most players wore hard plastic helmets.) The respondents ranged in age from 24 to 89 years, with an average age of 52. They had played for an average of 7 seasons.

The men reported on concussion symptoms experienced while practicing or playing football. They also told researchers whether a doctor had ever suggested treatment or prescribed medication for ED or testosterone deficiency.

Testosterone is an important hormone for men’s sexual function. When men have low levels of testosterone, they might become less interested in sex and have difficulty getting erections.

ED was a problem for almost 23 percent of the men, and about half of them took medication for it.

About 18% of the respondents said they had low testosterone, and about 40% took medication.

 

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