Many in Limestone may agree that recent years have seen a great deal of scrutiny placed on the sport of football and the potential for injuries that it presents. Much of this attention may be due to the alarming number of brain injuries that players at all levels of the game are suffering. Critics often point to the way that the game is taught as being the primary culprit behind the many injuries that are seemingly being produced. They may argue that kids taught to hit other players with the crown of their helmet with their heads lowered present a greater risk of harm to themselves and other players. Those tackling using such form may potentially be exposing themselves to more than just brain trauma.
A lawsuit being brought by a former high school football player in New Hampshire may show just how devastating incorrect form in football can be. The former player, now a young man, alleges that as a young junior varsity player, he had not been properly trained on how to tackle. While participating in a drill during his first full-contact practice, he lowered his head while making a tackle, which ended up colliding with the knee of the oncoming ball carrier. The collision broke his neck and left him a quadriplegic. Now five years later, he is suing the coaches involved and the school district on the grounds that he was not appropriately shown how to avoid injury.