Understanding the link between sport and dementia risk

Research Grant
Status / Stage
30 September 2032 -
30 April 2022
Duration (calculated)
10 years 05 months
The Health Policy Partnership
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
The Health Policy Partnership

WHO Catergories
Understanding risk factors
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID468
ResearcherReside Team


Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20320930
End Date20220430
Duration (calculated) 10 years 05 months
Funder/Grant study pageThe Health Policy Partnership
Funding Amount£77,013.00


We know sport brings a range of health benefits, particularly by improving our heart health, which in turn is good for our long-term brain health.
Emerging research is also highlighting links between sport, particularly football and rugby, and an increased risk of dementia due to head impacts.
What we don’t yet know is how this benefit to brain health balances with the emerging evidence around brain injuries and increased risk – this is where the collaborative report with The Health Policy Partnership comes in.

This six-month project is designed to look at the current evidence base around the benefits and risks of sport.

The research will be carried out with an initial literature review and will also involve consultation with stakeholders to help define research priorities in this space.

Stakeholders will include representatives from sporting bodies, and a broad range of expertise from the research community including clinicians and epidemiologists.

The more we understand about the potential risks of sport, the better governing bodies can help manage those risks.


This project will review the current evidence around the benefits and risks of sport and, through collaboration with stakeholders in research, clinicians, and sporting bodies, define future research priorities in this space.