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Research Letter
May 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury News Reports and Participation in High School Tackle Football

Author Affiliations
  • 1Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 3Department of Medicine, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 4Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(5):492-494. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5242

Decreasing numbers of adolescent boys participating in high school tackle football, as reported by news outlets, may be because of increasing concerns about football-associated health risks, including progressive chronic traumatic encephalopathy.1-3 Evidence of an association between decreasing participation of adolescent boys in high school tackle football and news reports about traumatic brain injury has not been specifically examined.