Coaches and officials would have a better chance of reducing concussions if they limited contact during practice and taught athletes the proper technique for tackling, study author Brooks said.
"I personally don't have a problem with more emphasis on enforcing rules that limit contact with the head," she said. "You shouldn't be leading with your head. You shouldn't be tackling with your head. We should be teaching kids that the head should not be the leading point of contact."
On Sunday, the AAP released a new report with guidance for pediatricians caring for children and teens who suffer concussions.
The medical group outlined how long kids should stay home after concussions, depending on symptom severity, and recommended using a symptoms checklist. The AAP recommended a collaborative team approach, including the player's pediatrician, family members and certain school staff members.
For more about sports-related concussions, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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