Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Following player death, National Athletic Trainers' Association re-releases official statement on calling crown of the helmet violations
The Dallas-based National Athletic Trainers' Association re-released its guidelines regarding crown of the helmet violations on Tuesday, one day after a New York high school football player died following a helmet-to-helmet collision.
The official statement urges game officials, coaches and administrators to ensure penalties are assessed following dangerous hits. The NATA recommends:
-Players should understand a helmet protects the head from blunt trauma injury. It does not prevent concussion or protect the spine and should not be relied on for that purpose.
-The best way to keep players safe is for coaches to teach the rules, players to follow the rules and officials to enforce the rules.
-For the safety of tacklers, blockers and ball carriers, it is imperative that the rule is uniformly applied at all levels of play and that the use of the top of the head is always called a penalty.
You can view the full NATA statement here.