Fundamentals. Teach them. Reward them. Select for them. Don’t let tackling become a lost art. If shots to the head are flagged, better tackling skills are rewarded.
“How would I build a team today? I’d want to find out who the best tacklers are as far as technique is concerned,” said Gil Brandt, the former longtime Cowboys vice president of player personnel. “I think that’s probably where it starts.”
Prior to 2008, Liban Abdilahi couldn’t have played football for Rogers Middle School or any of Boston’s more than two-dozen public middle schools. None offered the sport.
As more is understood about concussion and its effects, it is important to learn how to recognize symptoms and respond correctly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new resource for parents, coaches and school and sport professionals – titled Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies (download PDF below) – designed to help safely return concussed student-athletes to the classroom and playing field.