Many sports routinely expose athletes to sports-related concussions. Repeated trauma, even subconcussive trauma can lead to long-term damage and complications. Several studies have demonstrated a neuroprotective effect of nutritional supplementation from sports-related head trauma. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin (turmeric) have the ability to decrease inflammation from such injuries. Creatine supplementation prior to injury has also demonstrated early promise in helping to maintain homeostasis in the brain possibly limiting the extent of damage to the brain.
Jonathan M. Oliver • Anthony J. Anzalone • Stephanie M. Turner (2018). Protection Before Impact: the Potential Neuroprotective Role of Nutritional Supplementation in Sports-Related Head Trauma. Sports Medicine 48 (Suppl 1):S39–S52