spear tackling

A tackle in football in which a player’s entire body is launched, spear-like against an opponent, resulting in significant axial loading on the cervical spine, as the head is the ‘spear point’ of contact
Adverse effects Transient neurologic episodes, slight torticollis, decreased cervical ROM; if condition is chronic, atrophy or decreased cervical paravertebral muscle bulk; permanent paralysis

spear tackling

Sports medicine A tackle in football in which a player's entire body is launched, spear-like against an opponent, resulting in significant axial loading on the cervical spine, as the head is the 'spear point' of contact Adverse effects Transient neurologic episodes, slight torticollis, ↓ cervical ROM; if condition is chronic, atrophy or ↓ cervical paravertebral muscle bulk; permanent paralysis. See Spear tackler spine.
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Rolland caused outrage in Wales after issuing Warburton with a straight red card for a spear tackle on Vincent Clerc just 18 minutes into the 9-8 defeat by France at Eden Park The Irish referee was heavily criticised for the decision, though International Rugby Board directives on spear tackling indicated he was within his rights to dismiss Warburton.
However, International Rugby Board directives on spear tackling indicate he was within his rights to send off Warburton.
Rugby union bosses have come down hard on the Bloodgaters yet are prepared to deal more leniently with those convicted of eye gouging, spear tackling or stamping.