Source: The Frederick News-Post (Md.)
Longtime Maryland high school coach Hal Graru recently responded to an editorial about safety and concussion protocol in The Frederick News-Post with a list of eight ways to make football safer. Here is his list.
- No tackle football until age 13.
- At age 13-14, there should be middle school contact football teams that are coached by certified and trained school-system personnel.
- Players should be equipped with the safest headgear available on the market.
- Coaches of teams at every level (middle, high, college and pro) should adhere to rules governing the amount of live contact in practice.
- Coaches should receive instruction each year on drills developed to work on fundamentals that promote incremental periods of contact involving blocking and tackling.
- Limit 11-on-11 live contact in practice. Instead, use smaller groups like half-line of scrimmage, or isolate a particular combination of players in live drills where only one offensive and one defensive player are actually hitting full speed.
- Emphasize tackling without using the helmet as a weapon. Spearing should NEVER be tolerated, in game or in practice.
- Players need to be educated about head injuries and cautioned about masking concussion symptoms in an effort to appear macho.
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