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Christopher Nowinski, Co-Founder & CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), is as influential as anyone when it comes to highlighting the dangers of sports concussions.
So it was no surprise that the CLF was behind the creation of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that generated a lot of buzz last fall.
Nowinski spent Saturday, they day before the Super Bowl, reminding everyone about those dangers on LinkedIn.
“Did you know that any future high school, college or NFL football player who starts tackle football at age 5 will have 10 times the odds of developing CTE than if he had started at age 14?” he wrote in a post.
“Our provocative ‘Tackle Can Wait’ PSA drives home the message that youth tackle football is unacceptably dangerous for children. The PSA, which shows youth tackle football players smoking while playing the game, is inspired by research showing that the risk of developing CTE is not correlated to number of concussions, but is instead correlated with the number of years playing tackle football. The research showed the link between tackle football and CTE may be stronger than the link between smoking and lung cancer. The Concussion Legacy Foundation‘s message to parents on Super Bowl weekend is simple: wait until age 14 to allow your children to play tackle football.
In the comment section below the post, he was asked about the study, which he dutifully provided: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6973077/pdf/ANA-87-116.pdf