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Poll Suggests 48% Of Parents Would Discourage Their Children From Playing Football

A detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

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If you're a parent, are you going to let your children play football?

The NFL has a number of problems these days, but the's no doubt that the most long-term issue has to do with brain injury caused by either concussions or repeated head injuries. It's an issue that we may not know the full effect of for decades.

This week, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal published a poll regarding the topic. In short, it looks like more parents are being cautious with whether they let their children play football.

According to NBC News, 48% of parents would now encourage a child who wanted to play football to play a different sport. That's apparently up 4% since 2014.

Here's more, via NBC:

Just days before the Super Bowl, 48 percent of Americans say they’d encourage a child who wanted to play football to play a different sport due to concerns about concussions — up 8 points since the same question was asked four years ago, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

That includes 46 percent of parents with a child in the household (up 9 points since 2014), 53 percent of mothers (up 13 points) and 39 percent of fathers (up 6 points).

Overall, 49 percent of Americans disagree, saying they wouldn’t encourage a child to play another sport due to concerns about concussions.

The results aren't surprising. The NFL is much more open about concussion protocol these days. CTE diagnoses are also much more publicized.

How quickly will this affect both college football and the NFL? It's hard to know, but if the trend continues, the product will suffer.