Helps schools comply with state requirements for education and proper training
Reduces sub-concussive and concussive head impacts
Improves tackling effectiveness and performance
WHAT IS HuTT?
The HuTT program emphasizes proper tackling technique using closely supervised drills where players participate without their helmets and shoulder pads in place. Helmetless tackling training is the element that is inherent to HuTT and reinforces the behavior of tackling without initiating contact with the head. The goal of the contact is to execute proper technique. Drills will be supervised at all times. Feedback will be provided to confirm proper technique as well as to immediately correct improper technique. The HuTT drill is completed in two phases and takes approximately 5-10 minutes.
Football athletes can sustain as many as 2000 head impacts during a season. A majority of these impacts are to the top and front of the helmet and yield the highest magnitude of post-impact accelerations and the greatest injury risk. Emerging research suggests that individuals exposed to repetitive concussive and sub-concussive impacts may develop long term cerebral pathologies such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Head-first impacts increase the risk of catastrophic cervical spine injury. Proper execution of a tackling technique that avoids initiating contact with the head reduces both head impacts and injury risk. While a helmet is required for full contact practices and games, repeated tackling training without a helmet may solidify a technique which appropriately leaves the head out of the tackle.
HuTT IN THE MEDIA
Published April 27, 2016 by Kristin Waterfield Duisberg UNH Today: Game Changer
Published March 7, 2016 by Jamie Ducharme Boston Magazine: Could Taking Helmets Off Lead to Fewer Concussions?
Published December 9, 2015 Sports Illustrated’s SB 100: How the NFL Can Survive the Concussion Epidemic
Published December 3, 2015 By Jeb Fischer New England Sports Network NESN: UNH HUTT Program