High school football study shows no higher risk for thinking problems and depression
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There is new research that questions the latest on playing football and its effects on the brain.
A new study on concussions was just released from the Journal of the American Medical Association or “JAMA” Neurology.
It finds some good news about high school football and those who play it and what's called cognitive impairment or memory problems and depression.
Researchers looked at a long term survey of guys who played football in high school, and some that did not.
They found that although football is often known to put players at risk for CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, this study did not show evidence of the symptoms of it.
These symptoms usually include cognitive problems, such as trouble with memory, and depression.
When researchers reviewed those who played high school football however, they did not find these higher in the players compared to those who did not play in high school
Now, there are limitations of this study.
They looked at those who played for a year, but not necessarily before or after that year which could make a difference in these outcomes.
It also concludes more research needs to be done.
Some of the studies that have looked at dangers previously and look at brains that are donated sort of “after the fact” to measure true results, and researchers may need to follow players from high school as a part of a long term study.