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No Increased Risk Of Dementia, Parkinson’s or ALS For Those Who Played H.S. Football Between 1946 and 1970, Studies Find

October 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Youth Sports

Are men who played high school
football in Minnesota in the twenty-five years after World War II at increased
risk of later developing dementia, Parkinson’s or ALS compared with
non-football playing high school males? Not according to two studies by
researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

The first, published in 2012,
compared the incidence of dementia, PD and ALS in 438 high school football
players from Rochester, Minnesota who played the sport from 1946 to
1956 and 140 non-football playing male classmates. Researchers found that
the football players were not at increased risk of later developing those
neurodegenerative diseases.  

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