A University of Georgia researcher suggests that football rules need to focus on two things in an effort to reduce head injuries:
“When you combine a three-point stance with running a long distance, it results in the most severe head impacts,” said Schmidt, who studies concussions in the college’s department of kinesiology. “So that points toward a need for rule changes that emphasize the combination of the two if we’re going to reduce head impact severity.”
She also suggests that focused coaching would help.
Because the study focused on high school players, who have a tendency to change positions throughout their time on a team, she suggested coaches and administrators emphasize good tackling techniques by teaching proper head and body positioning.
Shockingly, no mention made there about targeting penalties or replay officials. Eh, scientists.