Football Use of Helmet

What is a Use of Helmet Penalty in Football?

Use of helmet is a penalty in Football that is called on a team when a player lowers their helmet to make contact with an opposing player. Any sort of contact with the helmet lowered is deemed a use of helmet penalty. The use of helmet penalty is relatively new to American Football and is enforced due to high risk of injury. Targeting is a primary example of a penalty in which lowering the helmet is involved. A use of helmet penalty results in a 15 yard loss for the offending team, and an automatic 1st down if committed by the defense. The play may also be reviewed and the offending player may be disqualified from the game.


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