High rate of Brain Injury for Pre-teen playing American Football

Kids That Play Football Have High Rate Of Brain Injuries

The pre- teens less than age 12 playing American football leads to symptoms of cognitive, behavioral and mood disorders.

The Researchers study at the Boston University School of Medicine talks on the school’s website examined brain injuries for pre-teens playing American football, which includes chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 246 American football players deceased. out of which, 211 were diagnosed with CTE after death.

“When they start to play football in early age, the earlier the symptoms began,” says Michael Alosco, an assistant professor of neurology, Boston University School of Medicine and lead author on the study. This is published on Monday in the Annals of Neurology.

Pre-teens starting to play American football at 12 or even earlier than 12 mostly shows the signs of brain injury issues for 13 years on an average before those who start playing the sport after age 12.

The study also supports the fact that each year pre- teens less than 13 began playing American football is correlated with an earlier symptom of cognitive problems by 2.4 years, and behavioral and mood problems by 2.5 years — and some children start playing at age 5.

It is recommended by Senior author Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at Boston VA Healthcare System that the children under age 14 should not paly tackle football.

Researchers says that early beginning who had CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma, and those without.

“This research and finding wasn’t just for people who died of CTE. This was also for people with any disorder that affected their cognition, behavior, or mood,” McKee said.

The age before 12 are really important and crucial stage for brain development, says Alosco

“Before 12 ages, the gray matter of your brain is really growing,” he says.

The studies support growing concerns by parents about having their children play the sport. Even if you see the data, the number of children between the age of 6 to 12 playing American football dropped to ~ 1,217,000 in 2016, from ~1,262,000 in 2015, as per Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

McKee and Alosco trust that the research and findings will help lead to ways to detect CTE before death, with autopsy which is the only method to diagnose the disease.


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