Heads Up Football For High Schools and Middle Schools

Put the emphasis on football safety

Heads Up Football is about the safety of your student-athletes. When you enroll and implement this unique program — already being used in thousands of districts across the country — you’ll know that every one of your football coaches is trained, tested and certified, ready to protect the health and safety of your student-athletes.


Keep Athletes Safer

Athletic directors who have experienced Heads Up Football know that when you build safety into your football program, you build a better program.

Make Your Program Stronger

Heads Up Football creates a curriculum for football safety, promoting higher standards and consistent performance.

Heads Up Football for Schools Key Feature

Coach Certification

Developed with NFHS and available on NFHSLearn.com, scholastic coach certification is made up of four courses and teaches concussion recognition & response, heat preparedness & hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting, shoulder tackling and blocking.

Concussion Recognition and Response

Education is the first step in concussion awareness and player protection.
(subject matter covered in Concussion in Sports course on NFHSLearn.com)

Heat Preparedness and Hydration

Targeted instruction puts the emphasis on prevention, recognition and basic treatment of athletes with best practices for heat and hydration safety at all levels.
(subject matter covered in Concussion in Sports course on NFHSLearn.com)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Teams learn how to put procedures in place to quickly react in the case of cardiac events — the No. 1 cause of death for children and teens during exercise – with instruction driven by the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center.
(subject matter covered in Sudden Cardiac Arrest course on NFHSLearn.com)

Proper Equipment Fitting

Equipment that doesn’t fit or isn’t worn properly can increase the risk of injury. That’s why every coach gets guidance on how to properly fit helmets and shoulder pads.
(subject matter covered in Shoulder Tackling, blocking and equipment fitting course on NFHSLearn.com)

Shoulder Tackling

A step-by-step guide, featuring former Seattle Seahawks Assistant Head Coach Rocky Seto, teaches the core principles of proper tackling and helps set a new standard in player safety.
(subject matter covered in Shoulder Tackling, blocking and equipment fitting course on NFHSLearn.com)


Scott Peters, a former NFL offensive lineman and sports safety advocate, shows how safety through superior technique, promotes effective and safer blocks.
(subject matter covered in Shoulder Tackling, blocking and equipment fitting course on NFHSLearn.com)


An independent study of more than 3,000 football players from throughout Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools found a 43.3 percent reduction in concussions among its 25 high schools, all of which employ Heads Up Football. In a similar study with more than 1,000 high school football players throughout South Bend, Ind., concussions dropped by 40 percent districtwide. Ready to get started?


For high school programs and youth leagues, football safety is at the top of the agenda. As medical knowledge advances and parents become more focused on safety, it is essential to have a strong plan in place to promote concussion awareness, injury prevention and other issues.

Heads Up Football provides the training, education and awareness that the coaches you’re responsible for need along with the certification and backing of USA Football that parents respect. If you are not ready to enroll but want to discuss your options, let us answer your questions. Select “contact me” below to have a USA Football Heads Up Football representative provide you with more details.