Safety Guide for Parents
Our program stresses a number of key issues in order to promote player safety. These include proper helmet fitting, recognition/appropriate management of concussion signs and symptoms, recognition/management of heat/hydration issues, rethinking practice methodology (levels of contact) to reduce the total number of hits sustained and teaching new methods of blocking and tackling (Heads Up & Tip of the Spear).
You can download a complete parent guide to youth football put together by USA Football here:
Football is a contact sport, and even with the safety measures we have put in place we must be diligent as coaches and parents in looking for warning signs of injury. Below is a guide put out by USA Football to help recognize signs and symptoms of concussions.
Graduated Return to Play Protocol (following concussion)
This is a series of physical challenges our players must successfully complete (without increasing symptoms each day) to return to full activity–only one step per day. If symptoms recur, we stop, rest that day and the next before retrying that level:
Key to prevention is adequate acclimatization, hydration and common sense in running practices
Remember: if player needs hospital, cool before transporting (key to survival of heat stroke)
· Causes: Excessive fluid loss/electrolyte loss; dehydration less blood available for working muscles/skin to give off heat.
· Causes: fatigue, dehydration and electrolyte losses through sweat; lack of heat acclimatization, poor fitness.
· A fainting or lightheadedness episode.
· Causes: lack of heat acclimatization, poor fitness; blood pooling in lower extremities reducing the heart’s ability to provide enough circulation.
· Combination of: Incredibly Hot Skin, Dizziness and Fainting, Extreme Fatigue, Nausea,Vomiting, Rapid Heartbeat, Mental Confusion, Seizures, Lack of Sweating, Severe Headache