Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pop Warner Changes Tackling Tactics

re-posting from http://www.mycentraljersey.com
Carol Kelly
11:02 AM, Sep 17, 2012

“A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It is serious,” Moser said. “You don’t have to hit your head, you can just shake it hard. And no helmet prevents concussion.” Dr. Rosemarie Moser.

The smallest linemen are learning habits to protect themselves from the kinds of brain injuries that have caused football to come under intense scrutiny.

Starting this season, Pop Warner Football’s national organization has set new rules to limit the risk of concussions and other brain injuries for thousands of youth athletes who play in its leagues.

Among the changes: restricting contact drills to a maximum of 40 minutes per practice or one-third of total weekly practice time, and banning full-speed, head-on blocking and tackling drills in which players line up more than 3 yards apart.

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