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Study Finds HS Football Not Major Risk For Future Cognitive Issues

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The story below was originally published in USA Today:


A new study that examined men who were high school football players in Wisconsin in the late 1950s has determined that “cognitive and depression outcomes later in life were found to be similar for high school football players and their nonplaying counterparts.”

Playing football was not a “major risk factor” for cognitive impairment or depression at ages 65, the study concluded.

The study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology this week examined nearly 4,000 men who graduated from high schools in Wisconsin in 1957 and tested their verbal skills, memory and cognition.

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The research showed no statistically significant difference among the football players from non-players in cognition score or outcomes such as heavy alcohol use. The football players were shown to have fewer symptoms of depression.

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