There is more concern today about player safety than ever before at all levels of football. Along with the NFL, colleges, high schools and youth organizations are attempting to change the culture of the game including reducing the glorification of violence.
As more is understood about concussion and its effects, it is important to learn how to recognize symptoms and respond correctly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new resource for parents, coaches and school and sport professionals – titled Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies (download PDF below) – designed to help safely return concussed student-athletes to the classroom and playing field.
Player safety is a two-way street.
For years, football rules regulating illegal and excessive contact have focused on the defensive side of the ball.
But as football organizations – from the NFL to youth leagues across the nation – look to return to the game’s fundamentals and lessen the hits that can lead to injury, the spotlight must shine wherever those occur.