Tackle Technique Study

Our research program has collaborated with a former dual international rugby league and rugby union representative, biomechanics colleagues, and Harvard Medical School to evaluate brain movement during various tackling techniques to identify which techniques may be less of a risk for sustaining a concussion for the tackler. We have been working to:

(i) Identify the risk for tacklers in professional rugby league match play. We conducted a case–control study of tackle-based risk factors in the National Rugby League, to: (i) identify at-risk game play characteristics to reduce head contact for the ball carrier and the tackler; and (ii) tackling techniques that reduce head contact for the ball carrier and the tackler.

(ii) Determine Coaching Efficacy. We have evaluated the knowledge and skill transfer of within-session coaching and execution of the various tackle techniques of participants through biomechanical analysis.

(iii) Validate the various tackling techniques’ safety. We quantified the tackler’s brain movement when executing various tackling techniques, and determine whether one technique reduces the risk for concussive injury.