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Men's Health magazine features Stamm's work looking at health risks of football

July 24, 2018
An article from Men's Health about the dangers of football for young players' brains quotes UW-Madison's Julie Stamm. 

Stamm is an associate lecturer with the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology

Julie Stamm
The article explores why parents still let their children play football, even when research reveals how dangerous the sport can be. Much of the concern centers on the possibility of concussions causing CTE, a neuro-degenerative disease. However, even "subconcussive" hits can lead to CTE, which not as many people seem to focus on, the report says.

The article quotes Stamm as saying 3,000 hits is the threshold where one starts to see increased risk of cognitive difficulties later in life. 

A 2017 study coauthored by Stamm in Translational Psychiatry found that "people who started playing tackle football before age 12 doubled their risk of having behavioral problems and cognitive impairment, and tripled their risk of suffering from depression later in life. The increased risks did not change based on how many years they had played, the number of concussions they had, or whether they played through high school, college, or the pros," the article explained. 

Read the implications of Stamm's research in the full Men's Health article here

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