Most common are rules 2-16-2c and 9-5-1, which identify hair tackles as flagrant fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Philip Young, the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Kennesaw State University states that in college football, players are permitted to wear long hair, but the team coaches may ban it or specify that it be tied up in some way (57).
In high school football, tackling a player with his hair is penalized.
Bob Colgate, the Director of Sports and Sports Medicine at the National Federation of State High School Associations, described these penalties related to hair-tackling (3).
A case study of hair tackling in women’s college soccer is also described.
An engineering analysis is conducted to estimate the amount of force applied to a player’s hair during an actual NFL hair tackle.
This paper investigates the demographics of the players affected, introduces case studies of hair tackles, conducts and engineering analysis of a hair tackle, and considers the ethical implications of hair tackles.
Hard-tackling, hair-pulling Elizabeth Lambert has become an internet sensation after a series of violent fouls were caught on camera. Lambert's wild and aggressive behaviour must be some of the worst sportsmanship ever seen on a football pitch, but she's not the first footballer to take the contact element of the game to extremes.
Here we take a look at the players who perpetually committed bad tackles and were unnecessarily aggressive, earning themselves the tag of a 'dirty' footballer.
Additionally, the work is expanded to discuss a hair-pulling incident in women’s collegiate soccer.
Background on the National Football League The NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams.