Concussion Fears Fueling Fewer Youth In Sports

Parents are paying attention to media reports of concussion risks in professional football players. Medical researchers have found that some parents are hesitant to let their kids play football and other sports.

According to a leading brain researcher in North Texas, since 2008 there has been a steady decline in the number of teenagers playing football.

Munro Culllum, Ph.D., studies brain injuries in his role as a neuropsychologist and researcher at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In an August 24 news release from UTSW, he explained, “Nationwide, the number of teenagers playing high school football has declined about five percent since 2008.” He added that these findings were published this year by the American Medical Association in their journal JAMA Pediatrics.



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