Mayo study looks at football health impacts

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A southern Minnesota medical giant is finding out more about the impacts playing football has on the body.

Mayo Clinic researchers looked at two group of high school students from 1956-1970, one that played football and the other that played sports like wrestling or swimming. What they found is neither group is at a higher risk of developing conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s and ALS. This is despite the fact that more football players reported having head trauma.

Mayo says they looked at the players’ health four decades down the road to complete this study. They also stress this does not mean football is a safe sport to play right now, especially since the players are stronger and faster and the fact that the game has changed so much over the years.

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