BOSTON (CBS) – A new study from the Boston University School of Medicine raises more questions about the safety of youth tackle football.
Researchers focused on 211 football players who were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after death and found that those who began tackle football before age 12 developed cognitive, behavioral and mood symptoms on average 13 years earlier than other players.READ MORE: Martin Richard Foundation Holds 4th Annual MR8K Race In Boston On Saturday
CTE, believed to be caused by repetitive blows to the head, leads to profound degeneration of the brain.READ MORE: Durham NH Police Searching For Missing 22-Year-Old UNH Student
The researchers found for every one year younger that a player began tackle football, he developed symptoms of CTE a little more than two years earlier.MORE NEWS: Omicron COVID Variant Detected In Massachusetts Woman
Experts say since the study looked at deceased football players already diagnosed with CTE, it does not necessarily apply to the general population of youth football players, but they say, it makes sense that children, whose brains are rapidly developing, should not be sustaining multiple hits to the head.