Poll: Parents Uncomfortable With Kids Playing Football, But Not Stopping Them

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Parents say they’re  worried about their children playing football, but not enough to keep their children from playing the sport.

An Associated Press-GfK poll,  shows that nearly half of parents say they’re not comfortable letting their child play football stemming from growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions.

In the poll, 44 percent of parents said they weren’t comfortable with their child playing football. The same percentage was uncomfortable with ice hockey, and 45 percent were uncomfortable with participation in wrestling.  On the flip side, only 5 percent, say they have discouraged their child from playing  as concern over head injuries has increased.

The majority of parents said they are comfortable with participation in a host of other sports – including swimming, track and field, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball, among others.

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