This research wanted to look at how tackling without helmets impacts the number of head impacts that football players take. The researchers used 50 football players, 25 in control and 25 in an intervention. The intervention group participated in a 5-minute non-helmeted tackling drills. The researchers then recorded the patient’s head impacts with a X2 bio systems xPatch. The researchers found that the intervention athletes received 30% fewer impacts than their control group peers.
The implications of this research show that we can significantly reduce the number of hits that American football players receive by simply limiting the amount of time that patients spend helmeted and in full contact practice. As noted in other research head impacts have been linked to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Further research and implications of this research have produced limitations on the amount of time that American football players have with full contact practices in several states and leagues within the united states. It seems apparent that we could reduce the number of hits that players receive in practice and dramatically reduce the number of subsequent concussions.
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