The Indiana and Minnesota Football Coaches Associations have endorsed USA Football’s Heads Up FootballSM program to make the game better and safer for youth and high school players in their respective states. USA Football, based in Indianapolis, is the sport’s national governing body.
They come, thousands every year, to see him, to be treated by him. Some famous, but the vast majority just regular people with regular lives. They arrive confused by what they’re feeling and scared by what they’ve been hearing. Micky Collins (far right in photo) examines them, and more importantly, he talks to them and listens to them. He tests them, and afterward shows them the test results and explains what those results mean. They are prescribed treatment, and over time the clouds lift and they feel like themselves again.
More than 1,900 youth football leagues across the United States are bringing Heads Up FootballSM to their communities this fall.
But player safety does not end at eighth grade. It is vital that the tackling techniques and football fundamentals at the core of this program are practiced at all levels of the sport.
USA Football and Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools took the first step toward expanding Heads Up Football beyond youth football this past weekend at a Player Safety Coach clinic in Annandale, Va.