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Running backs take hardest hits to the head, linemen take the most
Date:9/7/2011

with more concussions, they sustained fewer and less severe head impacts.

Although Crisco's analysis is still underway, his insights into head impact exposure led him and co-author Richard Greenwald, a Dartmouth engineer, to write a commentary earlier this year in Current Sports Medicine Reports, in which they argued that intentional use of the head in sports must be curbed.

"We propose the adoption of rules or in some sports, we champion the enforcement of existing rules that eliminate intentional head contact in helmeted sports," they wrote. "When coupled with education that leads to modified tackling, blocking, or checking techniques, these rules will reduce head impact exposure and have the potential to reduce the incidence and severity of brain injury."

Crisco, a former college football and lacrosse player, said he is passionate about contact sports and believes they have many benefits.

"Hitting is an essential component," he said. "But intentional hitting with your head was never part of any sport and is poor technique."


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