INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Sunday, USA Football hosted a Heads Up football player safety coach clinic in Indianapolis in an effort to make football safer.
The clinic allows youth league and high school coaches to get certified in teaching proper techniques when it comes to heat illnesses, concussion recognition, equipment fitting and the safe techniques used to tackle. USA Football said there’s a 4.1 percent rate of concussions among youth football players.
“Anything we can do to make it more safe and more fun we want to do. And we’re here to educate and learn how to do that,” Jake Gilbert, Westfield High School’s football coach and master trainer, said.
After completing the workshop, the player safety coaches will oversee their leagues’ implementation of the highest national coaching standards for youth football.
USA Football is a non-profit and the official youth football development partner of the NFL. Click here for more information on the organization.