USA Football hosts safety clinic for coaches in Indy

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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