11 thoughts on “City Youth Football Teams Unfazed By Study’s New Concussion Alarm

    • There are lots of different studies. Some show female soccer to be worse than football, some indicate football is by far the worst. But you’re right that the concussion risk is present in virtually all sports.

    • We certainly gave coaches a chance to make that argument. Sports are great, its true. Not that many high school players get college scholarships, however, so that’s not a great justification for taking a major life risk, if there is one.

  1. The problem with the BU study is that to get a true representative sample of men who played tackle football younger than 12 that includes 69 men who played in the NFL, and 103 men who played in college, you would have to sample millions. They only sampled 214, and all of those played at least through high school. And where’s the control group? Junk science.

  2. YOU still missed the most important fact of the study, which is to get a true representative sample of men who played tackle football younger than 12 that includes 69 men who played in the NFL, and 103 men who played in college, you would have to sample millions. They only sampled 214, and all of those played at least through high school. And where’s the control group? Junk science.

    • The fact that a study didn’t include everyone who might possibly have been affected does not make it junk science. That is why it’s called a sample. It’s a standard tool in research. For instance, 25 million people take statins for cholesterol; highly respected studies on the impact of taking statins might look at 10,000 people or so, a fraction of the affected population. It’s fair to say the BU study largely reflects the impact of football played long before recent rule changes — but there’s no way to study the long-term effects of the sport on new players, because they haven’t lived long enough yet.

  3. It is not suprising that the Department of Education, responsible for several youth football leagues, would decline to comment on the story. There have been many people trying to convert tackle football to touch football in the PSAL but have not been heard. How many children must be hurt before this change occurs.

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