STAT News - "A Study, With Some Limitations, Sees Link Between Youth Football And Emotional Issues In Adulthood" - Bob Tedeschi

New York, NY
 – September 19, 2017  –– 

Youth football participation in the US has dropped in recent years as parents have grown more concerned about concussions. A new study could accelerate that trend, the research, by noted brain trauma scientists, found that those who play youth tackle football before age 12 are more likely to suffer from depression, apathy, and other behavioral issues later in life. Dara Dickstein, PhD, who researches neurodegenerative disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, acknowledged the “game has changed a lot” over time. Still, she said, “it doesn’t really surprise me that the younger your age of first exposure is to football, the more impairment or cognitive deficits will show later in life.”

- Dara Dickstein, PhD,  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

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