New studies were recently released in JAMA and Translational Psychiatry in September that suggest that the age when children start playing tackle football can significantly increase their future chances of suffering from neurologic problems such as behavioral issues and depression later in life. In fact, the study suggested that starting tackle football before the age of 12 may as much as double the risk of behavioral problems, and nearly triple the risk of depression. You might have seen the story from Forbes on Sept. 21, 2017: Playing Tackle Football Before Age 12 Linked to Neurologic Problems Later In Life, Study Finds, or from Time on Sept. 26, 2017: 20% of Teens Report Having Had a Concussion.
Dr. Ron Tarrel joined both WCCO Radio and KARE 11 News in the last weeks to break down what the studies show, what it means for kids in sports, and what to do if you suspect a concussion.
For more information on Dr. Tarrel, visit his bio page: Dr. Ronald Tarrel
If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and have questions or are looking for next steps in your recovery, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500.