Football Helmets Don’t Protect Against Concussion and We’re Not Sure What Does

We know a repeated history of concussion can lead to chronic changes in the brain’s function and structure, resulting in early dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. But even though football players always shield their heads with helmets before they play, the reality is: Helmets aren’t designed to protect people against...

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Youth Tackle Football Will Be Considered Unthinkable 50 Years From Now

As a neuroscientist and a former college football player, I’m most concerned with the two-thirds of American tackle football players who are children and particularly susceptible to harm. The brain changes tremendously on the journey from birth to adulthood. Any form of trauma can change the brain, and thus change the child.

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Scientists Were Already Concerned About Kids Playing Tackle Football. It’s Worse Than They Thought

This week, Boston University researchers published a study that is sure to fire up parents worried about letting their kids play football: The earlier people played tackle football, researchers concluded, the sooner they could experience behavioral...

Playing Youth Tackle Football Is Linked to Earlier Symptoms of Brain Disease

By analyzing 211 brains, McKee and her team found that those who played tackle football before age 12 — 84 players in total — had an earlier onset of cognitive, behavior and mood symptoms by an average of 13 years, compared to those who started after age 12. Every one year younger the participants began playing tackle football predicted earlier onset...

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"Football is not a game for children. Flag offers all of what is good about football without the head blows." - Denny Doyle
 

I played contact football from age 8 through college and sustained concussions at each level of play.

When my grandsons became of age to begin football I looked closely at the new science regarding blows to kid’s heads. What I learned surprised me. While I knew repeated concussions can cause brain injury, I did not know the brain disease called CTE is not caused by concussions, but repetitive sub-concussive blows to Kid’s heads. Most people think the former NFL players seeking compensation from the NFL’s Billion Dollar settlement Fund got CTE while playing professionally.  Actually, the disease was initiated when they played youth football. NFL players who did not play until High School, when their brains were more mature, did not get CTE.
Eight to 14 years of age is the most dangerous time to play contact football. Kids necks are weak, and their helmeted head represents a high ratio of their body weight, and when they collide their heads bobble like a doll and their brains vibrate inside their skulls. Flag football offers all of the advantages of contact football without the head blows. Flag Football.  It’s a No Brainer!
-- Dennis Doyle
 

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