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Teaching Young Hawaiʻi Football Players How to Tackle and Avoid Brain Injuries

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While the football term “hut” is a throwback to the military’s a-ten-hut. The Conversation learned about HuTT808, a new program underway in a couple of Hawaiʻi high schools to raise awareness about brain injuries.

Dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaiʻi Nathan Murata shared what the program is all about. He said there are new techniques and technologies that might help protect football players from concussions.

"The HuTT program emphasizes proper tackling technique using closely supervised drills where players participate without their helmets and shoulder pads in place," the program's website says. "Helmetless tackling training is the element that is inherent to HuTT and reinforces the behavior of tackling without initiating contact to the head."

The program is working with 220 players at four schools: Saint Louis School, PAC-5, Kalani High School and Roosevelt High School, the university said.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Sept. 17, 2021.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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