Men Who Played High School Football During 1950’s And 1960’s Are Not More Likely To Suffer From Dementia Or Memory Problems Than Those Who Played Other Sports, Small Study Suggests

HealthDay (12/12, Norton) reports men who played high school football during the 1950’s and 1960’s are not more likely to suffer from dementia or memory problems compared to men who played other sports, according to a small study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Senior researcher Dr. Rodolfo Savica at the Mayo Clinic said, “What we can say is, for that era, football did not increase the risks of neurodegenerative disease compared with other sports.” Researchers reviewed the medical records of almost 300 men who had played football during the time period and almost 200 men who had played other sports during the same period.

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— “Was Football Safer Back in the Day?,”Amy Norton, HealthDay, December 12, 2016.

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