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Upstate high school tackles concussions

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The tackling technique that Spartanburg Christian Academy uses is a three-step process: track the thigh, strike the thigh, and look up. The tackling technique that Spartanburg Christian Academy uses is a three-step process: track the thigh, strike the thigh, and look up.
SCISA Athletic Director Michael G. Fanning says there is a targeting rule in place to better protect the players. SCISA Athletic Director Michael G. Fanning says there is a targeting rule in place to better protect the players.

By: Jeremy Urso

Concussions are becoming a serious issue in all levels of football. One high school football team in Spartanburg is making safety a priority.

Spartanburg Christian Academy is teaching its athletes the proper tackling techniques trying to stop head injuries. The school’s football team uses rugby tackling, which is a three-step process: track the thigh, strike the thigh, and look up.

The academy is part of the South Carolina Independent School Association. Organization athletic director Michael G. Fanning says there is a targeting rule in place to better protect the players.

“The referees on the field are charged if they think or suspect that a player may have a concussion,” Fanning said. “Their job is to send them out of the game.”

Medical personnel evaluate the player. If they find the player has a concussion, he has to sit out. If the player does not have a concussion, he can remain in the game.

There are 11.2 concussions for every 10,000 high school football games, but with the proper tackling techniques and effective rules in place, the sport is one step closer to a safer Friday night.

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