If you know my family, you probably know that we are huge football fans. This is a pretty exciting time of the year around here! We are basically in the epicenter of college football, and we love a good Sunday afternoon NFL game too.
|National Championship, 2013|
But, above my role as a football fan, I'm a mom. It might be fun to watch or participate in a football game, but the safety of the players I'm watching, especially children, will always be my number one priority.
That's why I'm so excited to share the NFL's Heads Up Football initiative with you today. It is so reassuring that the NFL is making player safety (especially among younger players) such a priority. The Heads Up Program was developed with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation. This program is focused on teaching younger players proper tackling technique. Through this initiative, the NFL is working to ensure that younger athletes are able to participate in spots they love in a healthier, safer way.
Not only is the NFL committed to protecting younger players, but is also working to improve the safety of their professional players. They have committed $60 million to medical research. These younger players look up to the professional athletes - the NFL is really working to embrace this and prioritize the safety of its players!
If you are the parent of a young athlete, ask your youth football coach if their league is Heads Up Certified. If they aren't, they can become certified for the 2014 football season - visit this site for more information. As a parent - you can make sure you are taking the steps needed to protect your child. The graphic below is a great resource of information! You can also visit www.cdcheadsup.org to access information to educate yourself about concussion signs and symptoms.
No matter your what your team is, I think we can all agree that the safety of players (children and adults) needs to be a top priority. A huge thanks to the NFL for pushing this initiative through and ensuring that almost every state in the country has youth concussion laws that protect the safety of youth athletes!
After all, if this little girl wants to play a sport one day, I want to know she's protected. :)