Concussion Safety and Proper Tackling in Youth Football

A longtime marketing professional and the current owner of Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami, Brian Shechtman works closely with a number of vendors and charitable organizations throughout the region. Brian Shechtman also serves as a volunteer football coach at the University School of Nova Southeastern University in nearby Davie, Florida, where he teaches his players about the importance of concussion prevention.

In youth football, perhaps no topic has received more attention in recent years than concussion safety. To help players avoid unsafe practices, youth football coaches often begin by highlighting the importance of proper tackling technique. Instead of using the helmet as the “tip of a spear,” common practice for many beginning football players, players learn to keep their feet and engage with the shoulder, all while driving their feet through the tackle. Not only does this technique reduce the impact to the head of the tackler, but it also increases the likelihood of bringing the ball carrier to the ground. When it comes to safety and effectiveness, teaching proper tackling technique is a win-win.