Research: Rate of injury in flag football more than in tackle football

SPOKANE, Wash. — Football season is here, and your child might be playing flag or tackle football.

Some parents signed up their kids for flag football thinking it’s safer than tackle football. But according to a study by the National Library of Medicine, that may not be the case.

Researchers say the rate of injury in flag football is more than double in tackle football. They say they’ve found a majority of those injuries are sprains, cuts, and bruises. This may be because of the lack of protective gear and players diving to pull flags.

Researchers say that while flag football is supposed to be a non-contact sport, their analysis showed every concussion from flag football happened when coming in contact with another player. For tackle football players, they found that they spent more time off the field recovering from injuries than flag football players. This is because injuries from blocking and other forms of contact were more serious.

Ultimately though, there is a risk for injury in any sport your kid plays.

Check out the full study here.

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