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.
The temperature may still be rising outside, but preparation for the 2013 football season is in full swing.
Inside NFL facilities, high school gyms and community centers across the nation, USA Football Master Trainers are leading Player Safety Coach clinics, bringing Heads Up FootballSM to more than 2,500 leagues in all 50 states.