Tulane Study: No Link Between High School Football & Brain Issues Later In Life
For every parent the safety of their child is their most important consideration. Lately the question has been raised, are we putting our children in a dangerous situation by letting them play high school football?
Researches at Tulane University have just announced the results of a study concerning brain function and how it relates to high school football and the findings seem to contradict what is being reported on a national level.
The Tulane study was done using high school athletes who participated in football between the years of 1998 and 2001. 12-hundred student athletes were included in the study that took note of their concussion history and how they scored on common neurological tests.
The outcome of the study seems to indicate that high school football is a relatively safe sport. The research showed that there was no link between the physicality of high school football and decreased neurocognitive function later in life.
Dr. Gregory Stewart, who conducted the study says,
“What we found is there is no negative correlation. In fact in one of the tests, they got better after their years of participation.”
Dr. Stewart did go on to suggest in a report filed by The Louisiana Radio Network, that high school coaches and training staffs need to continue their efforts on educating players and their families about the dangers and effects of concussions. He suggested that knowing and understanding the symptoms of concussions could help players avoid any long term complications.