Why I Gave Up Football: Science and future health weighed heavily on this former high school player

The results of a recently published Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare System study show that football players who take up the sport before the age of 12 may develop symptoms of brain disease earlier in life. It is one of many studies that further link brain trauma and brain diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to the violent contact sport of football. The concussion/CTE issue continues to cloud the sport, and more and more parents of youth football players may be agonizing over whether or not to allow their children to play tackle football. One such case involves Hamilton College student Drew Anderson, who tells his story of why he walked away from the game he loved.

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