Head's Up DVD is designed to be an educational/ instructional
tool for football players. Although it was designed with
this audience in mind, it has plenty to offer anyone with
in football, including coaches, officials, administrators,
parents and medical professionals. The DVD addresses the
of head-down contact and spearing along with contact techniques
that reduce the risk of catastrophic head and neck injuries.
In 2006 the DVD was sent to every NCAA school with football.
In 2007 it was sent to every high school, NAIA and Junior
College in the country with football.
It is available for a free
download or the DVD can be purchased for $10 at the NATA
wesbite. It builds
two previous video's on this topic "Prevent Paralysis:
Don't Hit with Your Head" and "See What You Hit".
In addition to catastrophic cervical spine injuries we designed
the Heads Up DVD to also address catastrophic head injuries
and correct contact techniques. It also addresses the contact
techniques of all players including ball carriers, blockers,
and special teams players.
The DVD runs about 15 minutes including the credits. It includes
commentary from Dr. Jerry Punch, Tony
Dungy, Grant Teaff, Dr. Joe Torg, MD, Dr. Bob Cantu, MD, Ron
Courson ATC, PT and myself. The game clips are from major
college football and include hits that resulted in injury,
hits that demonstrate dangerous contact and hits that demonstrate
Production Details (for anyone interested):
Head's Up DVD was released at the NATA Convention in Atlanta
on June 14th 2006. It was funded by Riddell and made possible
by collaboration with the NATA. The project was born out of
the CUATC Task Force on
Spearing in Football, which met in January of 2005. The
DVD was produced by AMS
Productions in Dallas. Filming began for the project in
April of 2006 and the DVD was completed in early June of 2006.
We originally intended to use game footage from the NFL, but
NFL Films would only allow us to use footage showing correct
technique. They would not allow us to use any hits resulting
in injuries (ie Dennis Byrd, Reggie Brown) or any footage
showing dangerous hits. The NATA also could not offer the
DVD for a free download on their website without an additional
cost. Because of all of these factors the use of NFL footage