Heads Up: Macomb youth coaches learn about concussion prevention
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -
As football season fast approaches, youth coaches in Macomb are doing all they can to make the game as safe as possible when taking concussions in youth football into consideration.
On Sunday coaches from the Junior Football League in Macomb attended a USA Football heads up clinic at the high school.
"As a parent I want to make sure that doesn't happen to my son or his friends, so this program is about teaching how to tackle correctly," said the league's vice president Brad Thompson.
The youth coaches, along with Bombers head coach Tony Westen got a crash course in preventing concussions as fear about their effects on athletes grows by the day.
After a lengthy classroom session the coaches headed to the field where a USA Football representative proceeded to teach a course on the safest and correct ways to tackle.
"To make sure that we're keeping the kids in our community safe by making sure, as football coaches, that we are doing things the proper way and using the techniques and fundamentals to make sure that kids are safe. That is what it's all about, player safety," said Westen.
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