“Football and Mental Functioning: An Observational Study,” Dylan Small, University of Pennsylvania
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS WORKSHOP
Abstract: Tackle football is the largest participation sport in US high schools. Recently, many have expressed concern about the sport’s safety with some even calling for banning youth and high school football. The sport also has staunch defenders. In this contested area, we conducted an observational study to examine the effect of playing high school football in 1950’s Wisconsin on later life cognition and mental health. We will present the results of the study and also discuss methodological aspects of the study that are of general use, especially when conducting observational studies in contested areas.
Dylan Small is the Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on causal inference and applications of statistics to public health and public policy.
The Quantitative Research Methods Workshop is being sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund. Lunch is served.