As warm weather approaches, football players and coaches are starting to pull out the helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and lesson plans for spring workouts.
One key to a good football practice is proper hydration.
Throughout training – including before, during and after – players and coaches both must focus on maintaining adequate hydration levels. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying well-hydrated benefits onfield performance while reducing the risk of heat stress or illness.
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.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) partners with USA Football to advance youth and high school football player safety by endorsing USA Football’s Heads Up Football program during its annual convention Monday in Indianapolis.
The AFCA’s endorsement of Heads Up Football comes during its 2014 Convention and marks the first time that the 93-year-old organization has endorsed a youth football player safety program.