Developing fundamentals and learning proper mechanics dramatically reduces the chances for injury, according to a pair of medical experts who work with NFL and college football players.
These are critical ingredients for a better, safer sports experience and too often overlooked in current news stories that discuss football injuries, including concussion, said Dr. Patrick Kersey of Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Sports Medicine and Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina Concussion Research Center.
As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.
But what about the classroom?
Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.
USA Football and Glazier Clinics will partner in 2014 to instruct high school football coaches about Heads Up FootballSM at select clinics nationwide and through Glazier Clinic Online.
Developed by USA Football and supported by stakeholders on multiple levels of the sport, Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better, safer game that educates coaches, players and parents about proper equipment fitting, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response and Heads Up Tackling techniques.