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Put Pride Aside for Player Safety

Public Service Announcement - Coaches are faced with tough choices when they suspect a player has a concussion. If a player is showing any signs of a concussion, remove the player; no matter how it affects your pride or your game plan.

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TACKLING

Proper tackle positioning - Learn the proper way to set up before making contact in this instructional video.

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Form tackling - Coach Bobby Hosea teaches players how to properly and effectively tackle without leading with the head.

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6-point progression - Coach Bobby Hosea teaches how to explode through your hips to keep the head out of the tackle.

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Breakdown position - This is the first step in teaching proper and safe tackling. It ensures better body control to keep the head out of the tackle.

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HELMET FITTING

How to remove the helmet - Helmets can sometimes be difficult to remove, especially for young players. Watch this video to teach your players how to remove the helmet so as to not change the initial proper fit and to minimize discomfort.

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Checking the proper fit - Stop guessing when it comes to determining a proper fit. Watch this video to learn precisely what a helmet should look like when it fits the player correctly.

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Sizing and putting on the helmet - A properly fitting helmet is a key step in reducing the risk of concussion. Watch this video to learn how to properly fit your players’ helmets.

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CONCUSSION AWARENESS

What is a concussion? - Watch this video to learn exactly what a concussion is. It’s not a structural problem; it’s a “software” problem that can’t be fixed with ice and tape. 

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Symptoms of a concussion - Watch this video to make yourself aware of concussion symptoms. 

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What to do when a concussion occurs? - What do you do if a concussion occurs?  If you even think a player has a concussion, remove him or her from competition immediately. When in doubt, sit them out

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When can a player come back? - Playing with a concussion is dangerous. Don’t let, or encourage, your players to “tough it out." Non-athletic activities like studying can suffer if a concussion isn’t properly managed.

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Limiting concussions - Reduce the risk of concussions by ensuring a player’s helmet is well-maintained, fitting the helmet to the player properly, and teaching proper football fundamentals.

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