Kids Sports Organization and Sports Injuries
There has been a lot said lately in the press about head injuries in football.
Now, before we start, you need to know that we are huge football fans. From pee wee league to the NFL, we are fans of tackle football. Nonetheless, there is increasing evidence that tackle football early in life, under age 12, can have a profound effect on the brain later in life. Many NFL stars have been incapacitated or handicapped by the repetitive head injuries that have happened in football over the decades.
‘Former NFL players who started playing tackle football prior to age 12 were more likely to have their brain structure altered from repeated blows to the head than those who took up the sport later in life, according to a groundbreaking study by local researchers.
“It makes sense that children whose brains are rapidly developing should not be hitting their heads over and over again,” said Dr. Robert Stern, a lead researcher in the study with Boston University’s School of Medicine.’ – The Boston Herald – accessed 8/11/2015
Flag Football for Youth – The Solution
For parents who are very concerned about their child’s brain health, but want all the benefits of football and sports, flag football is the answer.
It is the same sport, with the same competitiveness, the same fitness, and the same life lessons, but because there is no tackling, the risk to the brain is lowered to almost nothing. In fact, our athletes don’t even need safety gear because there is no impact.
Tackle Football and Your Child’s Future
The biggest concern that many parents have and we share is that most kids won’t get into the NFL. They might sustain head injuries, but never have the resources later in life that professional football players have.
Important note: New understanding of the impact of head injuries on children and adults has changed the way the game is played. Even at the professional level, head-to-head impacts are very strictly penalized. There is much less risk of head injury with the new helmet designs and the additional attention paid to head safety.
Flag Football for the Cautious Parent
We encourage every child to join a sport. We like flag football and cheerleading, but any organized sport operated by pros will have a huge positive impact on our child’s todays and tomorrows.
If you are concerned about your child’s risk of head injury, we encourage you to join us a FlagFootball4Fun. We have all the benefits of kid’s sports, without the risk to the head.
Flagfootball4fun youth sports programs are committed to providing a safe, fun and skill-based experience for kids between the ages of 4 and 14. We are a national youth sports company with local flag leagues, football camps and cheerleading in over 25 communities.
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