Should I be Worried about Concussions in Football?

The hottest topic of debate around tackle football is head injuries and – specifically – concussions in football. It has reached the point where even the word concussion is enough to scare a parent towards flag football and away from tackle football. Football coaching has significantly changed to prevent head contact in practices, with physical […]

How to Decide on the Right Football League for my Child?

Football continues to surge in popularity at the professional and college level. At the youth level, however, tackle football has seen a decrease in popularity as parents have become more and more worried about injuries to their children, especially concussion due to them not getting the right football coaching on their tackle technique. According to […]

At what age should my child start Tackle Football?

At what age should my child start Tackle Football?

Football is America’s game and has been the sport of choice for so many youths, middle school and high school players for generations. There are tackle leagues around the country for kids as young as 5. As indicated by a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are around 250,000 youth football players from […]

5 Essential “At Home” Exercises to Stay Conditioned During This Time

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Young athletes often worry about how they’ll keep up with training during the off-season. Right now, times are even more challenging with access to facilities being restricted and social distancing being put into practice. While there are a number of ways to ensure that your athlete copes best during this period without falling behind with […]

Can rugby shoulder football’s concussion issues?

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Dr Bennet Omalu in the Film Concussion (2015): “All of these animals have shock absorbers built into their bodies. The woodpecker’s tongue extends through the back of the mouth out of the nostril, encircling the entire cranium. It is the anatomical equivalent of a safety belt for its brain. Human beings? Not a single piece of […]

Athleticism vs Skill

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In my professional rugby career, there were almost always two schools of thought related to players. Those who believed that natural athleticism honed and channelled in the right way in training could be superseded by individual skills development in terms of time, effort and energy. Then there is the second, where athleticism and physical dominance […]

How Seriously Do You Take Tackling? – 5 Reasons Why We Should Practice Tackling More.

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I ask coaches all the time, “How serious are you taking tackling?” A lot of the responses I get are not great… It’s vital that we practice tackling for several reasons, that we are going to get into in the post. A few of the big reasons though are so that we can be better […]

Can Courage Be Coached? 5 Useful Tips

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Courage comes into play a lot when you are coaching or training for a sport. Is courage something that you can coached? Or is it simply something you’re either born with or not? Well for a short answer… Yes. Just like anything else, courage also can be coached. Courage is a very individual characteristic that […]