Press Box

USA Football Assembles Football and Wellness Committee

For usafootball.com Thu, 03/04/2010 - 4:30am

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has assembled a Football and Wellness Committee to further promote best practices for America's youth and amateur football community.

The committee, composed of 17 experts spanning football coaching, player health, and other areas, will help shape USA Football's development resources and membership offerings to foster positive youth and amateur football experiences.  The committee's expertise will be shared through www.usafootball.com, USA Football Magazine and USA Football's training events for youth football coaches, athletes, and league commissioners, which are conducted across the country.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.

USA Football's Football and Wellness Committee encompasses experts in the areas of coaching and equipment fitting, sports medicine and first aid, team sports insurance, neurology, orthopedics, exercise science, nutrition and athlete hydration.  The committee roster represents the American Red Cross, the Andrews Institute, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, National Center for Sport Safety, Riddell and several leading universities.

"Bringing these leaders and their diversity of expertise together through USA Football's resources and programs is significant for the sport," said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. "We're proud to bring the committee's knowledge to the grassroots football community."

USA Football's Football and Wellness Committee:

NAME

EXPERTISE

ORGANIZATION

Tom Bass

Coaching

USA Football

Dr. Jody Brylinsky

Coaching Performance

Western Michigan University

Ron Courson

Sports Medicine

University of Georgia

Ted Crites, CHES

Injury Prevention

American Red Cross National Headquarters

Dr. Ann Grandjean

Nutrition

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Brad Hatfield

Kinesiology

University of Maryland

Dr. Stan Herring

Concussion Awareness

University of Washington

Dr. David Joyner

Medical Expert

Penn State University

Dr. John Lehtinen

Family Medicine

Upper Peninsula (Mich.) Medical Center

Dr. Larry Lemak

Sports Medicine

Lemak Sports Medicine

George Maczuga

Football Equipment

Riddell Sports Group, Inc.

Dr. Joel Morgenlander

Neurology

Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Lonnie Paulos

Orthopedics Sports Medicine

The Andrews Institute

Mike Price

Insurance

ESIX, Inc.

Kim Schwabenbauer

Chief Nutritionist

Super Bakery

Dr. JohnEric Smith

Hydration

Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Dr. Dave Yukelson

Cognitive Development

Penn State University

 About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.