Youth player safety and concussion awareness campaigns underway

With the fall youth sports season underway across the country, three organizations recently announced national campaigns to emphasize player safety and concussion awareness.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, is conducting a national campaign through Nov. 29 titled “Put Pride Aside for Player Safety.”

Promoted in partnership with the 32 NFL clubs, the NFL and the Atlantic Coast Conference, “Put Pride Aside for Player Safety” challenges and instructs coaches, parents and youth players to make the right decision when a concussion is suspected.

Key components of USA Football’s campaign include player safety videos on equipment, tackling technique and concussion management, television and radio public service announcements, and internet banner advertising. USA Football’s web site (www.usafootball.com) contains extensive player health and safety information.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation (NAN) joined forces on a campaign to educate the public, athletes, health professionals, coaches, parents, administrators and others about concussions.

A 12-minute educational video titled “Concussions in Football: Signs, Symptoms and Playing Safeis the focal point of the NAN and NATA effort and is available nationally. The video, funded in part by the NFL, is narrated by Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and includes comments from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark and retired quarterback Trent Green.

The video is available as a free online download on www.nanonline.org and www.nata.org/health-issues/concussion.

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