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Orthopedic Surgeon Tips: Football Injury Prevention

Image shows a football player getting tackled.

 

 

Fall season is upon us and most are welcoming the cooler weather and of course, football.  In the past several years increased awareness to the potential injuries of football have been highlighted and brought to the public eye like never before.  In particular, concussion and spinal injuries are at the forefront of this heightened concern.  Whether you are a player or a parent of a player, a thorough understanding of safe tackling techniques can minimize the risk of significant injury.

It is essential to assure a proper fitting helmet and shoulder pads.  This is paramount and must occur on an individual basis with trained coaching staff and equipment fitters.

 

 

#1. Breakdown Position

 

#2. Buzz (chop) Feet Prior to Impact

 

#3. Hit Position

 

#4. The Shoot

 

#5. Rip to Tackle

 

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