One in four American households with children will not let their kids
play football due to concerns over concussions, according to the Truven
Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll.
Health Analytics™ and NPR
conduct a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range
of health issues.
The survey asked respondents to share their views on sports-related head
injuries. The results found that 25 percent of households with children
won't let their kids play football. Thirty four percent said they would
keep their kids from playing hockey, while only three and four percent
said they would stop their kids from playing basketball and soccer
Additionally, 40 percent of respondents say an improvement is needed in
equipment if football is going to continue to be offered as a high
school sport, a rate that tended to increase with increasing age and
level of income of the respondents. Seven percent of respondents said
the risks associated with football are too great and the sport should no
longer be sanctioned as a high school activity. One in ten said they are
unaware of risks associated with concussions.
"Awareness of the long-term risks of head injury is still fairly low,"
said Michael Taylor, M.D., chief medical officer at Truven Health
Analytics. "We know repeated minor concussions can lead to chronic
traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), but we don't understand exactly how much
trauma can lead to CTE. Mior head injury is a risk in many contact
sports, particularly football, hockey, and boxing, and more research on
head protection is needed."
Meanwhile, few Americans have let their concussion concerns affect their
professional football viewing habits. Seventy two percent said the risk
of concussions has not changed how often they watch pro ball. Five
percent of respondents said they actually watch more professional
football due to the risk of head injuries and five percent said they
watch less. Seventeen percent said they do not watch football.
To date, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll has explored
numerous health topics, including generic drugs, abortion, vaccines,
food allergies, and organic and genetically modified foods. NPR's
reports on the surveys are archived online at the Shots health blog here.
Truven Health Analytics maintains a library of poll results here.
The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven
Health PULSESM Healthcare Survey, the nation's largest and
longest-running independently funded, nationally representative
telephone poll that collects information about health-related behaviors
and attitudes and healthcare utilization from more than 100,000 US
households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with
NPR. The figures in this month's poll are based on 3,006 participants
interviewed from November 1-15, 2013. The margin of error is 1.8 percent.
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