31 Jul '17, 8am

Head injuries part 2: What makes a tackle risky?

Head injuries part 2: What makes a tackle risky?

Part of the reason for this may be that the tackler in a sense ‘controls the risk’ through their decision-making, and that the ball carrier controls the risk through their behaviour in response to an imminent tackle. The ball carrier, in other words, can ‘brace’ for contact, and we have data (you’re being spared data overload here) showing that a head injury is far more likely to happen when the ball carrier is unbalanced or unsighted, compared to one who is sighted, and ‘protected’ in the sense that they are bent at the waist and braced for impact . That is, if they cannot anticipate or adjust for the contact, their risk is increased.

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2017/07/head-injuries-part-2-...

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