Bedwyr Harries
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Rugby player Bedwyr Harries: I didn't know how to drive home

Multiple blows to the head from playing rugby may accelerate brain ageing and potentially lead to early dementia, according to a Welsh academic.

Prof Damian Bailey carried out research on 280 current and retired players, but while his work is yet to be published it could be the first study suggesting a clearer link.

Bedwyr Harries, 27, has taken a step back from rugby after ending up in hospital after a knock to the head while playing in 2011.

Following that game, he found he was more susceptible to getting symptoms of concussion after matches.

  • 18 Nov 2014
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