One of the most significant areas of change in promoting player safety is the redefinition of tackling techniques. Earlier strategies, which sometimes involved using the head as an intervention tool, are now being replaced with safer alternatives. Techniques inspired by rugby, which emphasize the use of the shoulder and targeting the ball-carrier’s thighs, are becoming more common. Grassroots initiatives in youth football now favor the “wrap and roll” technique over the previous head-first methods. Such initiatives are pivotal in imparting safer, yet effective playing techniques to young athletes.
Similarly, flag football leagues also prioritize safety. Techniques practiced in these leagues require players to adopt safe postures that align closely with those taught in tackle football, stressing proper alignment and body positioning.