Opposing ideas in these articles: Best rated helmet ever vs. lose the hard shell helmet

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Former NFL player Dhani Jones is in favor of removing the helmet for safety.

In the article Jones said,

“We need to take the hard-shell helmets off. We could replace them with throwback leather helmets, which everyone understands provide limited protection. But we need to eliminate the idea that I’m in a cage, you’re in a cage, and we can go at each other because we’re indestructible.”

At the same time, Schutt has introduced the best tested helmet in history.

Pete Carroll has come up with a tackling system that many are embracing.

Pete Carroll’s “Heads Out” Tackling – A Must See For Coaches

National Champion Buckeyes embraced Pete Carroll’s “Hawk Tackle” techniques in 2014, and it paid huge dividends

Chris Ash OSU Co-Defensive Coordinator:

“We changed our tackling philosophy, partly because Pete Carroll’s video inspired us to go back and really evaluate ourselves,” Ash told reporters this past week. “When we did evaluate ourselves, we found out that what we were coaching wasn’t showing up on film.”

“I’m so glad that I did watch that video when I did, and we went through as a staff and did that self-evaluation when we did, because I feel today that after 18 years of coaching, I taught something that actually shows up on tape and is safer for the players.”

“It eliminated some injuries,” said Ash. “But it also was a lot more effective. And I can tell you honestly right now, as a coach, I could go show you our film and what we teach, what we coach, what we drill and guess what? It shows up on film,” Ash said. “Not once, not twice, not by luck but by design. Our players have bought into it and that alone, in my opinion, led to us having a lot of success, especially late in the season.”

Pete Carroll Teaches Heads Up Tackling the Seattle Seahawks’ Way

“It gave the answer,” said John Madden, co-chair of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel. “We take the head out and you put the shoulder and the arms and the techniques and the drills in.”

Erik Swartz leads innovative research to reduce head injuries in football.
“Our primary goal is to reduce head and neck injuries in football,” says Swartz, a professor in the athletic training option of the kinesiology department. “It sounds simple, but if there isn’t contact to the head, there won’t be a head injury.”
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Tony Dorsett battling signs of CTE

February 10, 2015

ESPN reported yesterday on Tony Dorsett battling signs off chronic traumatic encephalopathy. As explained in the article, CTE is a degenerative condition many scientists say is caused by head trauma and is linked to depression and dementia. It is indicated by a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.

Dorsett’s battle needs to be something that we learn from.  His quote on playing football and how it has caused this is poignant:

“I signed up for this when, I guess, I started playing football so many years ago,” Dorsett told 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “But, obviously, not knowing that the end was going to be like this. But I love the game. The game was good to me. It’s just unfortunate that I’m going through what I’m going through.”

I believe that we, as coaches can find a way to decrease the amount of concussions in our game through better coaching.  There should not be a conscientious decision being made by football participants that they are potentially signing up for future brain problems.

I am still working on a study on tackling and concussions in football.  During the season, I asked for coaches to send in video clips where concussions have occurred.

I am looking for plays like the above.  My theory is that with a set of video of plays where a concussion occurred, we will be able to categorize how the concussion happened and together work on solutions to teaching proper technique and form. Practice or game film from youth through college levels will be useful in this study.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I would like to compile a playlist of video clips from either practice or game in which a concussion occurred.  This video will be shared with coaches and doctors so that we can work together to identify what we can do to help solve what has become a concern in football and has the media spotlight.  It threatens the future of the game.  The equipment manufacturers are doing a great job to create products that protect our players and even alert coaching and training staff through sensors and devices if a hit is a concern.

As coaches, we need to take a role in this too.  Please share your video clips via hudl or email.  grabkj@gmail.com is my email.  My Hudl account for this is under the name Coaches Edge Technologies.  You can do a one-way exchange to share your video.  Please pass this along to coaches you know.  The level you coach at is irrelevant to the study.  Film can be from youth through college.

Pete Carroll has done a great job putting together video of their techniques.  Here is a post on the Seahawks “Heads Out” Tackling.

Our great game of football is under attack. It is our duty as coaches to become better teachers of the game, and strive to coach the best and safest techniques. Carroll’s tackling video is a great starting point.


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