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Survey: Brain studies trigger decline in boys playing football

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Hamilton’s Derrick Porter attempts to put a move on Boulder Creek offensive lineman Preston Shepherd. Nationally, participation in high school football has dropped 15 percent./Greg Macafee/Tribune Staff

85 percent of parents in the Valley would still allow their kids to play other contact sports

By Greg Macafee | East Valley Tribune

The Barrow Neurological Institute released its newest findings on concussions in high school sports with a poll showing that one-third of the parents around the Valley will not allow their kids to play football.

The survey results stand consistent with the participation levels in football throughout Arizona. According to the National Federation of State High School Association, 17,858 athletes played high school football last year, a 15 percent decline from the previous season, in which 20,929 played.

While the participation rates show a decline, the survey also showed that 85 percent of parents in the Valley would still allow their kids to play other contact sports.

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