Tackling Dummies, written by a successful businessman, former player, and high school coach, offers an objective and insiders look at the sport and culture of amateur football. It identifies key problems with the game and provides easy-to-understand solutions which will help both players and coaches perform better, play safer, and have more fun.

For decades, we’ve been teaching our kids to start playing tackle football earlier, hit harder, practice longer, and play like the pros. What if our current thinking about football coaching and culture was all wrong?

Pee Wee League players are getting paid to play football. Football conditioning is a year-round endeavor. Our kids are sustaining traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) before they reach high school. And, worst of all, many young football players are sacrificing everything to make it into the NFL history books…an almost impossible goal that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. No wonder they’re not having any fun anymore.

So how do we fix it?

With real football stories from a number of amateur fields at all levels, concussion treatment and prevention protocols, descriptions and photos of safer and more effective tackling techniques, football tactics, and honest insights into college and NFL “careers”, this book is a must-have for any football fan, player, coach, or parent.

Tackling Dummies by Bobby Vernon


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“Awesome book! Coach Vernon’s love for the game and for players of all ages comes through on every page. Football has to become safer. Tackling Dummies suggests solutions that can reduce the force and frequency of head impacts, improve the game and make it more fun for kids while preserving its essence.”

Dr. John KuluzDirector of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

“Tackling Dummies is a must-read for anyone who wants youth and high school football to be safer, yet just as exciting.”

Gregg EasterbrookAuthor, The Game’s Not Over and New York Times columnist, Tuesday Morning Quarterback

“Parents who question football’s safety must read Tackling Dummies. As a neurosurgeon who has treated concussions received by football players at all levels for nearly twenty years, I have never read such an enjoyable, yet technically proficient book about football and how to play safer. It’s a fantastic read!”

Oskar Szentirmai, MDNeurosurgeon, Martin Health System, Stuart, Florida

“Coach Vernon does a great job of analyzing the entire world of amateur football from the youth level to major college. It is obvious that he has done the research and his analysis of the current state of the sport is spot on. This is a book that every parent and coach, at every level should read.”

Rob SgarlataHead Football Coach, Georgetown University

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