Using data from replacement players who entered into the NFL when professionals went on strike in 1987, researchers evaluate player mortality and overall health. The findings, researchers report, may help to make the game safer for current football players.
A new study reports football linemen are more likely to have increased blood pressure along with changes to heart size and structure.
A new study reports NFL teams perform better during night time games, thanks to a circadian advantage. Winning teams who play late evening games have fewer turnovers and players had better circadian regulated awareness than those who play in afternoon games, researchers report.
Researchers report repeated head injuries suffered by high school football players during a single season results in measurable brain changes, even when no concussion occurred.
A new study looks at the long term neurological and mental health outcomes of people who participated in high school football teams. Researcher report playing football appears to not adversely affect cognition or depressive symptoms later in life. They acknowledge the findings may not be generalized for modern players due to changes in play style, protective equipment and improved safety measures.
Sustained hits following one season of playing football are enough to cause structural alterations to the brain. When players sustain a concussion, structural brain integrity decreases, and levels of tau increase. Researchers say, while concussions are a prime concern for those who play football, sustained hits also pose a threat to neurological health.
A new poll conducted by UMass Lowell and The Washington Post reveals three quarters of NFL fans believe head injuries in the sport are a major problem. 60% of those surveyed also said they were concerned about off-field violence as a result of head injuries.
Researchers say a single season of playing high school football is all it takes to cause microscopic alterations to the structure of the brain.
Former NFL players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 have greater risk for altered brain development than those players who started later, a new study reports.
A new study from researchers at Boston University reports an increase in later life emotional and behavioral problems in people who played youth tackle football before the age of 12.