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NFL, USA Football Emphasize Trainers with Past NFL Experience

The NFL has announced that more than 140 former NFL players will serve as Master Trainers and Ambassadors to teach and reinforce USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth leagues and high schools nationwide during the 2014 season.

Elaborating on that point, the league noted that of USA Football’s 78 Master Trainers, 17 played in the NFL, “bringing knowledge and insight gained from competing at the sport’s highest level. Master Trainers lead full-day instructional sessions for high school and youth programs nationwide, teaching Heads Up Football’s curriculum to high school- and youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches.”

The NFL also noted that another 127 former NFL players serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, “visiting practices and games of teams that participate within the program. Ambassadors strengthen awareness and reinforce Heads Up Football’s messages and standards.”

To Master Trainer Ruben Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection at guard for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears (1995-2007), the responsibility seems personal.

“I’m a father – nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids,” he said. “Heads Up Football is changing for the better how coaches are prepared, players are taught and safety is addressed, and it’s exciting to see so many other former players share this commitment.”

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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Makes History By Endorsing Heads Up Football

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) announced this week that it has officially endorsed USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program.

The MPSSAA represents 24 school systems comprised of 187 high schools. It becomes the first state high school athletic association to endorse Heads Up. The American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Federation of State High School Associations and more than two dozen other leading organizations have also endorsed the program.

The partnership will be officially announced during a press conference scheduled for next week at the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Concussions: What Several Oklahoma Area Coaches Have to Say as Upcoming Season Nears

How many vicious hits have been highlighted on ESPN over the years? That definitely attracts the viewers, and excites the advertisers. Wonder how much of that will change as football kicks off this fall, or rather we should say late this summer. Dehydration is still a big concern, but now the coaching profession is forced to really rethink the way it practices, what it teaches, and maybe…how it motivates.

Hear are a series of comments from prep coaches in Oklahoma, as gathered by writer Mike Kays, sports editor at www.muskogeephoenix.com – Some will make you pause and say…”umm.”

From Sequoyah’s Shane Richardson –

“By nature of what I’ve done by trade and as a fan, I get excited about big hits, but as coaches we need to emphasize being smarter and safer and teaching the proper technique. But I don’t think you can slow the game down.

“The game’s getting more offensive in nature but the game’s still played fast and speed becomes a factor.  The more regulations we place on the game the higher the scores will be because you’ll want the kids to avoid the hits because of penalty situations.”

Webbers Falls’ Steve Corn said –

“If you limit the contact, you limit the chances of it happening. We lost one kid last year for two weeks and in 8-man, one kid can make all the difference in the world. I’d say it probably cost us one of those games not having him.”

Wagoner’s Dale Condict on the subject of ejections –

“I don’t think we need to go there. We need to make the game as safe as we can but no matter the sport, no matter the activity, accidents and injuries happen. It’s just the nature of sport.

“I think paying attention to how we allow kids to hit to a certain degree is understandable. But overreacting doesn’t need to be part of it either. It’s a violent game and there needs to be safety, but if you take too much of the aggression out of the game I think you risk taking away part of what people appreciate about the game.”

Haskell’s Greg Wilson said –

“I don’t want to downplay it by any means, but with the way social media has helped spread concern like wildfire we’re at the point where we’ll have kids who won’t be playing this year because of their fear of a concussion.”

Stigler’s Chris Risenhoover’s take on face masks –

“Before face masks, you didn’t use your head as much. No one wants to get hit in the face, but that face mask allows more of the helmet to come into the point of contact. Face masks have helped make football a more violent game.”

In the case of “the Indian Nations Football Conference — the association which many area communities link with in for elementary-age football — “tackling techniques “are undergoing significant change at that level.” To which one coach remarked, “From what they’re telling me is going on, I’ll have to relearn the game.”

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