NFL Foundation Blog: Player Health & Safety

NEW NFL FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAM TO EXPAND HIGH SCHOOL ACCESS TO ATHLETIC TRAINERS

Posted in: Foundation News, Foundation Partners, Player Health & Safety

Up to 150 grants to be Awarded to Eligible High Schools in Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Oregon

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FIFTEEN HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDED $50,000 EACH TO FUND ATHLETIC TRAINERS

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The NFL Foundation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Gatorade and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) today announced the winners of the Athletic Trainer Initiative, a national grant contest to expand access to athletic trainers in underserved high schools and improve youth athlete safety. The fifteen winning schools each received $50,000 to develop athletic training programs that will provide nearly 5,000 student athletes with consistent access to this valuable resource. The announcement was made at the seventh-annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, hosted by NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance.

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NATIONAL CONTEST AIMS TO ENHANCE ATHLETE SAFETY AT UNDERSERVED HIGH SCHOOLS

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High School Administrators, Teachers, Coaches, and Administrative Directors May Now Apply for Athletic Trainer Grants at www.ATinitiative.com

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE EXPAND BACK TO SPORTS PROGRAM

Posted in: Foundation Partners, Player Health & Safety

Events slated across the country and include new, robust curriculum

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Football League (NFL) have teamed up to launch a program that is designed to help promote physical activity and safe sport participation among youth.

The program, titled Back to Sports, is geared towards the parents and caregivers of upper elementary, middle and high school aged students who actively participate in sports or are considering it as an extra-curricular activity. Through an additional grant program that has been established, Back to Sports will engage with athletic trainers who will serve as expert facilitators to deliver sports safety information in up to 100 communities across the country this year.

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NFL Foundation and USA Football Host Youth Summit

Posted in: Foundation News, Youth Football, Player Health & Safety

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.

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Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Unites Football, Parenting and Medical Experts for Youth Player Safety

Posted in: Youth Football, Player Health & Safety

The Heads Up Football Advisory Committee along with representatives from USA Football and the NFL met for the first time today at the NFL office in New York.

The committee – which currently includes 22 men and women representing youth football experts, retired NFL players, educators and medical professionals – will advance Heads Up Football’s mission to promote player safety for the children in all 50 states who love to play the sport and gain from its rewards.

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USA Football to Lead Player Safety on Youth Level

Posted in: Foundation Partners, Youth Football, Player Health & Safety

USA Football, the national governing body of the sport in the United States, will conduct its first Heads Up Football Master Trainer workshop on March 2-3 in Indianapolis.

USA Football will instruct 21 Master Trainers, including some of the top high school football coaches in the nation as well as former NFL and college players. This group will then teach the Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country.

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game, encompassing USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. USA Football’s Master Trainers bring a wealth of experience and success – including a combined 26 high school state championships – to the position.

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