The Olympics are unlike any other sporting competition on the planet. For 16 days, over 300 events representing 35 sports and every country on the planet compete to take home their prized medals, and I have been looking forward to watching the Summer Olympics every four years since as far back as I can remember. But something has always been missing. One of America's most popular sports and a top 10 sport in the world, it looks like tackling and flag football could be Olympic sports by 2024, but there are still obstacles to it becoming a reality. First, we go through some reasons why the road to getting American football included in the Olympics has not been an easy journey, followed by why we believe that flag football is the logical solution and choice as a future Olympic sport.

According to an article from, the biggest logistical problems that American football sports have in the Olympics are very similar to Rugby. With the large number of participants on each team, "gender equality" is formatted, with both men and women participating in every sport, and the compressed 3-week schedule that would be tough with a more physical game like football and rugby. In addition, for American football, the entry barrier is high because of the cost of equipping all players with pads and gears, and therefore it has also been slow to adopt in many foreign countries, especially of the inferior variety.

Knowing all this, it's hard to see how both sports fit well into the Summer Olympics. Rugby is very similar to football, as there is very little need to play the sport in terms of gear and practice at the base level and has a much greater international connection. Among other things, this has recently allowed Rugby to be cleared for the Olympics starting in 2016 by changing the traditional style to a less traditional "sevens" format, which is faster paced with fewer people, which can help cut a similar path for American football, or flag football more specifically.

Even more and more high school, college and pro teams are starting to reduce the number of contact exercises, still having sports like soft padded headgear and shoulder pads for extra protection. But what if we could limit the contacts that players see before high school and middle school, while addressing some of the concerns about the sport in connection with it being fully accepted for the Olympics? and not just in the NFL, where concussions are a major issue. From as far back as youth football level, recent evidence has emerged that supports the idea that even brief concussions, repeated headaches and collisions can manifest themselves in similar brain injuries later in life for children aged 8-13. Many researchers suggest that children should not play football at all, suggesting that children's heads are "a larger part of their body and that their necks are not as strong as adults' necks. So children may have a greater risk of headaches and brain damage than adults. for more information click here

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The case of flag football as an Olympic sport