A free Heads Up Football mobile application from USA Football can now be downloaded for iPhone and Android devices, placing player health and safety information – including CDC concussion protocols – into the hands of coaches and parents everywhere on demand.
The app incorporates all Heads Up Football elements, including concussion management, equipment fitting, hydration, tackling fundamentals and more.
Along with access to health and safety resources, the Heads Up Football app includes safety checklists for parents, coaches and league administrators that provide a set of recommended safety standards as well as links to the latest articles on concussion awareness, conditioning, heat preparedness, injury prevention and more.
“The Heads Up Football app provides leagues, coaches and parents easy access to USA Football resources that they can take with them to the field for practices and games,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Having this information at their fingertips will help the more than 400,000 youth football volunteers stay informed on the latest information available to make the game better and safer.”
Indianapolis-based USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its teams and the NFL Players Association.
Funded by the NFL, Heads Up Football incorporates USA Football’s nationally accredited online coaching education program. USA Football has trained more than 80,000 volunteer youth coaches since 2007. Its curriculum covers football’s fundamentals and player safety content, including concussion awareness and management protocols, player hydration and proper equipment fitting. USA Football has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to advance concussion awareness since 2007.
Through Heads Up Football, a Player Safety Coach position is being piloted this season, working with one youth league each in California, Indiana and Virginia. Based upon the success of the pilot program, this position will be introduced on a national level in 2013. Player Safety Coaches are trained by USA Football at no cost to direct coaching education and CDC-approved player safety protocols within their youth leagues, working with and instructing league commissioners, coaches, parents and players. In addition to education, the Player Safety Coaches will provide on-site assessment, verification and monitoring to improve youth league accountability.
Player health resources, including videos about concussion education, hydration and equipment fitting, are available at www.usafootball.com at no cost.
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.