Coaches work to promote safe tackling in football

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A refrain heard more and more lately is, “I am not going to let my son play football.”

These days, parents are more aware than ever of the risk of injury in a sport known for violent collisions.

Dick Adams, a master trainer for USA football, is one of the people trying to change those perceptions.

“I would do things differently today than I did 30 years ago when I was  coaching,” said Adams.

USA Football is devoted to teaching proper blocking and tackling techniques. Rather than coaching players, Adams is now instructing high school coaches on the proper techniques designed to lessen injuries.

“I get it, I understand parents have questions,” Adams admits. “But let’s educate them and get them back into the game and get those young kids playing.”

Concussions have dominated the news recently. Adams hopes his group can do something about it. USA Football teaches “heads up tackling,” which is designed tohave players lead with their torso, not their head.

“With all the concussions lately and all that, I think anything you can do to put the kids in the best situation on the field and off the field, I think that’s what we need to do, ” said Millbrook head coach Clarence Inscore.

Every high school football coach in Wake County attended Wednesday’s seminar at Cary

High School. That event stressed the importance of everyone being on the same page when it comes to teaching the basics of the game.

“When I see it at Panther Creek, the same guy at Garner knows what I’m talking about,” said Panther Creek head coach Sean Crocker.

Coaches said that if the techniques are taught properly at the Pop Warner level,  injuries will decline as the players get older.

 

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