Concussion Studies Leave Children’s Football Leagues in Tough Spot
In recent years, a number of studies have linked playing football to an increased risk of concussions and other brain injuries. This has led to a decline in participation in youth football leagues, as parents become increasingly concerned about the safety of the sport.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics in 2017 found that the number of children playing tackle football in the United States had declined by 10% between 2010 and 2016. The study’s authors attributed the decline to concerns about concussions and other brain injuries.
Another study, published in the journal JAMA in 2019, found that former NFL players were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia than the general population. The study’s authors concluded that playing football at a young age may increase the risk of developing these diseases later in life.
The decline in participation in youth football has had a significant impact on children’s football leagues. Many leagues have been forced to fold due to a lack of players, and those that remain are struggling to stay afloat.
The future of youth football is uncertain. It is possible that the sport will continue to decline in popularity as parents become more aware of the risks. However, it is also possible that new safety measures will be implemented that will make the sport safer. Only time will tell what the future holds for youth football.
In the meantime, parents who are considering enrolling their children in youth football should weigh the risks and benefits carefully. They should also talk to their children about the dangers of concussions and other brain injuries.