Are Concussion Concerns To Blame for Declining Participation in High School Tackle Football?

Are concussion concerns in the media behind the and declining participation in high school tackle football?

Feudtner C, Miles SH. Traumatic Brain Injury News Reports and Participation in High School Tackle Football. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(5):492–494. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5242

Decreasing numbers of adolescent boys participating in high school tackle football, as reported by news outlets, may be because of increasing concerns about football-associated health risks, including progressive chronic traumatic encephalopathy.1-3 Evidence of an association between decreasing participation of adolescent boys in high school tackle football and news reports about traumatic brain injury has not been specifically examined.

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Posted on BrainLine May 1, 2018.