Recently, Mike Ditka was quoted as saying that he would not let his son play football today. Would you?
The latest news from the National Football League (NFL) seems to be very good: according to their stats, the NFL saw 36% LESS concussion injuries in the 2010 – 2013 playing seasons. What’s the reason for such a big drop in concussion brain injuries? The explanation that is being reported is that the 2010 rules change, governing how pro football players are to tackle during NFL football games, has resulted in this positive change.
Is the Answer to Football Concussion Danger as Simple as Different Tackle Method?
According to the pro league, NFL coaches have implemented a new procedure where players are not to tackle each other with helmet-against-helmet force. Instead, they are to tackle with the head up, so there isn’t a slamming force directly against the two player’s helmets.
Additionally, extra pads are being used during practices.
Result? According the NFL, the rate of concussion brain injury in 2014 was half that of 2012.
Tackle Changes in College, High School, and Children’s Football
Assuming that this research is accurate, then it’s very good news for those athletes and their families who are playing professional football. Question is: are these changes being implemented in tackles being done on college football fields, and during games and practices in high school games and other kids’ football practices?
There are changes being made. USA Football includes “heads up football” as part of its plan to make football safer for youth and high school football. The NCAA is also moving forward with concussion-targeted safety procedures, such as increased use of padding.
Watch the USA Football Video on Heads Up Football here:
The Question Remains: Is Football Risk of Concussion Injury Too High for You or Your Child?
If you or a loved one has been hurt while playing football, then you may have a legal claim for damages based upon injuries that have been suffered or which will likely manifest in the future due to concussion and brain injury. Personal injury laws are in place to assist you and your family to seek justice in these cases.