|2009 Catastrophic Injuries
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contact in football is the primary mechanism of injury
for catastrophic cervical spine injuries that result in paralysis.
It is also a cause of serious head injuries and concussions.
head-down contact remains an unrecognized risk to most of
the football community.
What You Hit" ... Almost Always Misunderstood
"See What You Hit' is a phrase that had good intentions.
It came along to help eliminate head-down contact and serious
cervical spine injuries. Unfortunately, the often- used phrase
is almost always misunderstood by coaches, players and lots
and lots of others. Most interpret this phrase to mean 'initiate
contact your face mask." more
In 2008 the NCAA again made changes to their spearing/ helmet
contact rules. More
Illustrated on Spearing in 1983: "Ironically
and tragically, it is the players doing the spearing who
are catastrophically or fatally injured as many as a dozen
times each year."... more
that players learn proper tackling:
"Every football player, coach and referee, from the
National Football League down to the little leagues of football,
should know how to prevent these injuries."...
Position Statement: Head-down Contact and Spearing in Tackle
cervical spine injuries are among the most devastating"
2010 Cervical Spine Injuries (From News Articles)