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Myth vs Fact

Myth - The risk of injury with youth football is higher than any other sport

Fact - The concussion rate in youth tackle football is similar to concussion rates in other youth contact sports, such as soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, and even flag football.

Independent studies published by JAMA pediatrics, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013; American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2017; 2016; Journal of Neuroophthalmol, 2015

Myth - There are long-term brain injury affects of playing tackle football before high school

Fact - There are no differences in neurocognitive function between those who started playing football before verses after age 12, even after adjusting for age, learning accommodations and concussion history.

Caccese JB, DeWolf RM, Kaminski TW, et al; Study of 3,462 collegiate football athletes from 2014-2018; Sports Med. 2019;49(3):477-487 

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Alamo, California 94507

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San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds Football & Cheer

160 Alamo Plaza, 722
Alamo, California 94507

Email: [email protected]
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