Alive and kicking: Suicide rates and major soccer events in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Background Major sporting events are postulated to reduce suicide rates by increased social connectedness, by identifying with winning teams, or, conversely, to increase suicide rates by the ‘broken promise effect’. Methods In our observational epidemiological study, we investigated changes in suicide rates between 1970 and 2017 in Austria, Germany and Switzerland during the European and […]

Mental health and suicide in former professional soccer players

Introduction: There is growing recognition of an association between contact sports participation and increased risk of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In addition to cognitive impairment, a range of mental health disorders and suicide are proposed as diagnostic features of traumatic encephalopathy syndrome, the putative clinical syndrome associated with neurodegeneration in […]