Many are opting out. Participation in youth tackle football has been declining for years. But especially in communities of color, tackle football’s lure remains strong and the balance tips toward opportunity, a four-month investigation by The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland has found.

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Last year, the Boston University CTE Center released a study that said the developing brains of children are at risk for damage from repeated impacts to the head and brain that have been associated with impulsive behaviors and cognitive problems.

The study notes that children who start playing tackle football at an early age or participate in the sport for more than 11 years run an increased risk of such impairment.

  • @RobotToaster
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    462 months ago

    It won’t stop until they ban sports scholarships.

    • @The_v@lemmy.world
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      2 months ago

      Or make higher education free for all.

      Limiting what can be done on sports infrastructure paid for with public funds would also go a long ways. Most of the football fields in the nation are paid for with public funds (schools, parks, stadiums etc.). Most of these locations have rules if you want to use them that you have to agree too.

      If the sport is too dangerous for children and teens, change how it is played to make it safe. If you can’t, ban it on public grounds.

    • Uranium3006
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      102 months ago

      We need to untangle sports and education. The latter being percieved as more important than the former causes a lot of problems

    • @soviettaters@lemm.ee
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      02 months ago

      Great way to prevent a massive amount of people from not going to college. Not everyone who gets a sports scholarship goes to a D1 school.