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Coaches teach players how to tackle correctly. Players should not hit one another in the head. Instead, they should grab a player at the hips. Then, they push the player to the ground. This method causes fewer injuries and keeps players safe.

Every pro football team has a group of trainers. Their job is to help injured players. In this picture, the trainers are helping Ronald Darby of the Philadelphia Eagles. Darby tore ligaments in his knee during a game in 2018.

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Making Connections


Football is a very physical sport. Would you ever want to play football? Why or why not?


Have you read about the risks of playing other sports? How do the risks of playing football compare?


Millions of people play football each year. Why do you think they play the game even though it can be dangerous?

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