Football safety at core of program adopted in Va. schools

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, June 3, 2013

Heads Up Football, a national youth program aimed at teaching beginner-level kids a safer way to tackle in efforts to limit concussions and ease concerns of parents who question whether their children should play the game, is graduating to the high school level.

Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools, with 25 high school teams and about 3,300 players, has become the first school district in the USA to adopt Heads Up. The launch began Saturday at Annandale High School with a clinic to train 25 "player safety coaches."

One will be assigned to each of the county's high school teams for the 2013 season, and duties will include conducting clinics for coaches, players and parents. They'll be teaching the Heads Up tackling techniques that involve keeping the head to the side and away from contact.

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