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Welcome to the Athletic Training Corner. Here you will find information on pertinent topics related to athletic injuries and/or performance. This information is updated monthly by Thompson Health's athletic training staff.
Each month’s topic will be relevant to the types of sports going on at the time. You can read the topic here or download a copy and share it.
Proper Tackling: See What You Hit!
Catastrophic cervical spine injuries resulting in quadriplegia (paralysis of all four extremities) are among the most devastating injuries in sports. Axial loading [HA1] is the primary mechanism for catastrophic cervical spine injuries.
Head-down contact is defined as initiating contact with the top or crown of the helmet. It is the only technique that results in axial loading.
Spearing is the intentional use of a head-down contact technique.
These injuries occur most often to defensive players. However, all players are at risk. As emphasized in the high school and college rule books, making contact with the shoulder or chest while keeping the head up greatly reduces the risk of serious head and neck injury.
SEE WHAT YOU HIT!
With the head up, the player can see when and how impact is about to occur. This gives him or her the ability to prepare the neck musculature for impact. The following tips will help to decrease serious cervical spine injuries:
If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Herniman in the Sports Medicine Center at (585) 396-6700.