With the Super Bowl approaching, the nation is almost evenly divided on whether to encourage a child to play a sport other than football over concussion fears, NBC News reported.
Forty-eight percent of people said they would encourage a child who wanted to play football to look to other sports, including 53 percent of mothers, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Four years ago, only 40 percent of Americans felt that way.
But 49 percent of people would not encourage the child to play another sport.
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The poll also shows that fewer people are following professional football closely, with the biggest decline coming from demographics that have made up key parts of President Donald Trump's base.