NFL Foundation and USA Football Host Youth Summit

160 High School and Youth Football Leaders Nationwide To Attend

July 15, 2013 – A select group of coaches, including former NFL players now coaching high school and youth football, have been selected by the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit, in Canton, Ohio this week. It is the 13th year the summit has been held.

In addition to the coaches, 92 other supporters of youth and high school football, including youth football commissioners and athletic directors from across the country, will attend the Summit, which is funded by the NFL Foundation, on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Improving the health and safety of youth football is a major focus of the NFL Foundation,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation. “By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.”

This year, all  attendees will be trained in USA Football’s Heads Up Football initiative, including 20 former NFL players serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors and more than a dozen Player Safety Coaches from pilot Heads Up Football leagues around the country. Heads Up Football is a comprehensive new youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to enhance player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. More than 2,765 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 575,535 players and 83,000 coaches have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football for the 2013 season.

“I am looking forward to speaking at this year’s Youth Summit,” said OLIVER LUCK, a former player and a Heads Up Football Ambassador in West Virginia. “By working together and sharing ideas, as former players, as coaches, and as parents, we can help our kids enjoy the sport they love and make safety a priority at the same time.”

DR. STAN HERRING, director of Sports, Spine and Orthopaedic Health for the University of Washington School of Medicine, the team physician for the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS and Seattle Mariners and member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, will speak about the importance of concussion treatment and prevention, as well as the Lystedt Law legislation which aims to protect young athletes from returning to play too soon after head injuries. The law has been passed in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Other leaders in sports medicine and sports psychology will review topics affecting youth sports. USA Football’s medical director DR. PATRICK KERSEY will discuss player health and safety issues, and director of Elite Athlete Health and Performance at the Korey Stringer Institute ROB HUGGINS will address heat and hydration in youth sports. Attendees also will learn about proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting and receive intensive training on Heads Up Football’s tackling techniques that aim to keep the head out of the line of contact.

Founder and CEO of the sports performance training business Parisi Speed School, BILL PARISI, will speak about performance training methods for football. Former player and current NFL Senior Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT will discuss the value of education and ZACHARY MINOR, sports consultant and life skills coach, will lead sessions on character and life skills development.

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