Two Marshall University professors have found that the style of tackling in rugby has a lower force of impact than the style of tackling in football and could potentially reduce the risk for brain injury. Their study found using the ‘rugby-style’ of tackle decreases the force of impact, and could reduce the risk of concussion.
“This happens slower when you’re actually forced to wrap up and tackle somebody,” Dr. Garrett said. “That means less force is getting to the body and head. One of the big take-home’s is you’ve got to get your head out of the way. Two, is actually tackle somebody. Wrap them up and you’re going to create a lower threshold hit to yourself and even to the person that you’re hitting.”