Sports-related brain damage is not confined to just football; however, a growing number of parents are switching from tackle football to flag football. More families are making the switch to flag football because of the concern over concussions.
I9 Sports, a national youth sports league, has seen a 12 percent increase nationwide in flag football participation. In Colorado, numbers are up 20 percent this year, the biggest jump since the company’s inception. “It has tripled, if not more, in size in every league that we’ve played in,” he said. “I think all the parents and other coaches I work with say the same thing about tackle. It isn’t time yet with the kids. They haven’t grown into their bodies, they don’t trust the sport, or handing the health of their kids brain over to a league that’s not doing enough to protect the kids.”