Youth tackle football may increase risk of earlier CTE symptoms

A study in the Annals of Neurology showed that athletes who began playing tackle football before age 12 had cognitive issues and behavioral/mood problems arise 13.39 years and 13.28 years earlier, respectively, compared with those who first played tackle football at age 12 or older. Researchers also tied every additional year of earlier tackle football exposure to 2.5 years earlier symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/30),  USA Today (4/30) 

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