Reducing Concussions And Increasing Safety

Chatham-Kent Cougars football helmet. (Photo courtesy of CK Cougars)

An area football organization is bringing back the old school way of tackling to increase player safety and reduce the risks of concussions.

President of the Chatham-Kent Cougars Sel Jordan says it’s called the Wide Tackling Strategy, and keeps the players head and helmet outside the tackle. “So we like to put the head to the side, probably by the hip or put your head on the ball,” says Jordan. “And we’d like you to use your shoulder pads, the shoulder pads are very expensive and we provide that, so we like to put your shoulder pads in the tackle, wrap up around the legs and take the player down.”

The Cougars were planning to hold a free non-contact clinic tonight from 5:30pm- 8:30pm at CKSS, but that has been cancelled.

Some NFL teams have started adopting the strategy, including the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, to reduce brain injuries. You can watch a video on their strategy by clicking here. A recent study by two Ontario doctors suggests sports-related concussions in children and youth constitutes a significant public health issue which requires serious reform in public policy to address the harm associated with them.