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What neck position should a football player have during impact?

cA football player should have his head up when tackling. This position means his facemask will line up with the other player’s chest. When the head is up, the bones and ligaments in the neck can absorb more force. This lowers the chance of injury to the vertebrae or spinal cord.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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