Estimating the Health Consequences of Playing Football using Observational Data: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and New Directions

Sameer Deshpande (June 4, 2019)

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There has been increasing concern in both the scientific community and the wider public about the short- and long-term consequences of playing American-style tackle football in adolescence. In this talk, I will discuss several matched observational studies that attempt to uncover this relationship using data from large longitudinal studies. Particular emphasis will be placed on discussing our general study design and analysis plan. I will also discuss limitations of our approach and outline how we might address these from a Bayesian perspective.