Everybody is doing their part in addressing the concerns about head injuries– from governing bodies, to non-profit youth organizations to volunteer coaches.
There are over three million youth football players in the United States ages 5-14 and over a million high school athletes participating in organized football every year. The concerns of head injuries are at an all time high, causing appropriate measures to be put into place. Starting with the new law (House Bill 1824), known as the Zackery Lystedt Law, requires medical clearance of youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion, before sending them back in the game, practice or training. This Law has been adopted in all 50 states! USA Football one of the leading governing bodys for youth football has been working diligently launching the Heads UP football program in 2014. It is designed to teach proper tackling techniques to minimize head contact and has been adopted by over 5,000 registered youth football leagues. USA Football also has the support of the NFL who has graciously donated 45 million dollars to help the Heads Up football program reach all youth football leagues for the SAFETY of our youth athletes.
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