Concussion concerns may lead to fewer boys playing football

As more people learn about how football’s hard hits to the head can lead to brain trauma, fewer parents may be willing to let their kids out on the field. That’s according to a new poll released Wednesday by HBO Real Sports and Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

One in three Americans say knowing about the damage that concussions can cause would make them less likely to allow their sons to play football, the poll found.

Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, who helped oversee the phone survey of more than 1,200 adults in July, said this could be alarming news for the future of football. “Historically, youth football has fueled the NFL,” said Strudler. “Parents’ concern about the safety of the game could jeopardize the future of the sport.”

Strudler added: “You know, what we are measuring are attitudes.  Attitudes towards football.  The interesting thing is how much these attitudes will turn into behaviors.  We found that 14% of people feel less comfortable watching football because of this knowledge.  What’s going to be interesting is to watch in the future…if that 14% will shut off their televisions.”

Full story of boys football and concussions at CNN Health

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