Capstone/Dissertation Title

Tackling: a study of one of the most important skills in American football

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone examines how tackling has been taught in the past and the current method that is favored by the experts. This topic grew out of the author's love for the game and his desire to understand why tackling techniques have changed over time in football. The author examines why football players are now taught to tackle near the chest as opposed to the legs. Utilizing film study the author investigates whether there is still a place for teaching tackling on the legs by examining both safety and effectiveness. In addition the author interviews high school and college coaches to get their perspective on this critical skill. The author concludes that the current methods for teaching tackling grew out of equipment changes in the game as well as safety and effectiveness. There is solid research that supports that leg tackling leads to more catastrophic injuries and is not as effective as the above the waist techniques.

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