Posted by Myron J. Goodman, DCoE Public Affairs on August 15, 2016
As fall sports season begins for students and families, players can reduce the risk of a concussion by learning to tackle properly in sports such as football, lacrosse and rugby. Coaches may tell players to get their heads in the game, but players shouldn’t take that literally, warned an expert with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).
Learning to lead with the shoulder and not the head or helmet is important for all sports that involve contact, said Scott Livingston, director of education for DVBIC.
“Take the head out of the game,” he said. “Don’t use the head as a weapon. Don’t aim for an opponent’s head.”