If You're Bent on Playing Football

If you’re bent on playing football, it’s a good idea to not play tackle football until after the age of 12 just because it lowers your resistance later in life. I think that’s something that is fairly easy to adopt, and I think that’s something we should support. We also are learning a lot about cumulative exposure in playing careers and finding that long playing careers is associated with a higher risk. And I think that’s a direction that we’re really starting to go in, really trying to understand risk exposure in terms of number of playing years. And I think in the fairly near future we’re going to have a good idea about a relative safe period of exposure to football and a relatively high-risk length of career. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.
Posted on BrainLine December 20, 2018.

About the author: Ann McKee, MD

Ann McKee, MD is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study and the Boston University-based Centenarian Study. She is also the chief neuropathologist for the Boston-based Veterans Administration Medical Centers and for the Sports Legacy Institute.

Ann McKee