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ERIC Number: EJ899100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Behavioral Intervention for Teaching Tackling Skills to High School Football Athletes
Stokes, John V.; Luiselli, James K.; Reed, Derek D.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v43 n3 p509-512 Fall 2010
Between 2001 and 2005, football-related injuries accounted for 1,060,823 emergency room visits to U.S. hospitals (Mello, Myers, Christian, Palmisciano, & Linakis, 2009). Among high school football athletes, statistics reveal that for the period of 1984 to 1999, there were 63 injuries resulting in permanent disability (Mueller, 2001). Additional data suggest that having an experienced coach decreases the likelihood of severe injury to players by 50% (Knowles et al., 2009). Some applied research shows that coach-implemented behavioral teaching procedures can improve football skills of youth, high school, and college players during practice and games (Allison & Ayllon, 1980; Smith & Ward, 2006; Stokes, Luiselli, Reed, & Fleming, 2010). The purpose of the present study was to add to this small research base by evaluating a multicomponent behavioral intervention for teaching the skills necessary to execute a proper tackle by two linebackers on a high school football team. As a result of intervention, both players tackled more proficiently in practice drills and maintained proficient tackling during games. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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