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1,700 Coaches Safe Contact Trained in 2015

Football Canada in partnership with the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced that over 5,000 football coaches are now “Safe Contact trained” in the latest tackling and blocking techniques. The figure includes approximately 1,700 coaches who were Safe Contact trained in 2015 alone.

“Football Canada and its member associations are committed to the safety of its athletes,” said Football Canada president, Richard MacLean. “As visible through the high number of coaches which have become Safe Contact trained this past year, the response amongst Canadian coaches, teams and associations has been incredible.”

“We look forward to building upon this success by working with the provincial football associations and community to increase the number of Safe Contact trained coaches across Canada.”

The number of Safe Contact trained coaches will continue to accelerate as the amateur football community gears up to meet a series of deadlines requiring all coaches, under the Football Canada umbrella, to become Safe Contact trained by March 31, 2017. The program, announced in early 2015, require that all head coaches, as well as half of their assistant and position coaches become Safe Contact trained by the end of March, 2016.

An integral part of Football Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Safe Contact teaches safe tackling techniques that emphasizes making contact with the chest and front shoulder and not the head.

Safe Contact also emphasizes a blocking technique that stresses making primary contact with the hands, along with safety education and awareness.

Starting in 2014, Football Canada teamed up with the CFL to expand and improve the Safe Contact program as part of a shared commitment to player health and safety.

A blitz of Safe Contact events are scheduled across Canada to help coaches become trained in safe tackling blocking techniques, along with safety education and awareness.

Safe Contact training events planned across Canada

Safe Contact training events are available across the country, leading up to the start of the season. Coaches are asked to visit www.SafeContact.ca, coach.ca’s ‘The Locker’ or contact their respective provincial football association for more information. Leagues and associations are urged to contact their provincial association, if they’d like to discuss running additional training in their area.

A coach can become Safe Contact trained by following three easy steps:

1. Take the online course “Making Head Way in Football“, an e-learning module available through www.coach.ca’s “the locker”.

2. Register for a Safe Contact clinic through his or her provincial amateur football association or by visiting SafeContact.ca.

3. Attend a Safe Contact clinic, which typically spans eight hours taught over one or two days, usually on a weekend.

After the March 21, 2017 deadline, any new coach has a year from the time he or she first steps on the field as a coach to complete Safe Contact training.

Next steps for Safe Contact coaches

Safe Contact trained coaches are encouraged to continue their development through the national coaching certification program. For more information, please visit: http://footballcanada.com/coach-training/.

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FHSAA Mandates that Athletes Complete Concussion Course

The Florida High School Athletic Association has mandated that all high school athletes in that state complete courses on concussions provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations before being eligible to compete, acccording to a report in the St. Petersburg Times.

The paper, which noted that the courses are free and online, quoted Justin Harrison, the FHSAA’s associate executive director for athletic services, about the rationale for the decision:

“The reason behind the move was student-athlete safety. Overall, all concerned parties felt it was imperative to continue to educate the student-athletes on concussions. … This course was yet another way to provide the information.”

Harrison told the paper that Florida is the first state that requires its student-athletes to complete the course. The measure was passed by the FHSAA Board of Directors in June. The course is available at www.nfhslearn.com.

To view the article, visit: http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/fhsaa-requires-athletes-study-concussions/22815/

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Concussion Course Hits One Million Mark

The word is getting out. That much is certain.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced recently that more than one million coaches and other individuals has taken the online course it developed with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Entitled “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know,” the course has been taken through the NFHS Coach Education Program at www.nfhslearn.com. This free online course provides an overview of how a person can recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion and the appropriate action to take. The course includes each state’s return-to-play guidelines required for high schools.

“We place great emphasis on concussion recognition and treatment, and the extraordinary success of our online course has been gratifying,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “The course is 20 minutes long and it’s free. We commend everyone who has taken it.”

The NFHS and its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) have worked with the CDC on recent updates to the concussion course. Recommendations have been added regarding the prevention of concussions, and the course test has been updated. The tests (pre-test and post-test) now include 11 questions and provide immediate feedback to the user, thereby creating a better learning experience.

Michael Koester, M.D., former chair of the NFHS SMAC and director of the Sports Concussion Program at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, Oregon, is the on-screen host of the concussion course. Individuals have access to the course’s printable resources, including a parent’s guide to concussion in sports, a coach’s guide, an athlete fact sheet and materials to implement a protocol for concussion treatment.

“In addition to coaches, we are pleased that many contest officials, administrators, parents and students are among the one million individuals who have taken the concussion course,” said Tim Flannery, NFHS director of coach education.

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