Opposition to playing football before the age of 14 is strongest among women, with 84 percent opposed and 94 percent opposed to kids playing tackle football before they are 10. Eighty-eight percent of men oppose the idea of kids playing tackle football before they turn 10.
Results weren’t restricted to football. Three out of five respondents said that they do not believe heading a soccer ball is safe for athletes until they reach high school age.
The center surveyed what it said was a representative sample of 1,000 American adults about their attitudes concerning sports safety, head injuries, and the public health implications of concussions and CTE.
“We consider this strong public consensus a broad mandate to continue to advocate for changes to youth sports, and we will continue to recommend to parents that before age 14 they choose flag football rather than tackle football and delay heading in soccer,” Robert Cantu, co-founder and medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, said in a statement released by the CLF.
The foundation estimates that 2.1 million children under the age of 14 play tackle football each year, with 8 million youth soccer players.