Player Safety & Education

player_safetyPlayer Safety and Development is one of our main concerns for this reason NFLYFL uses state of the art equipment to train their young athletes on a safer and smarter way to play the game.

A Jr. Tackle Breaker, S-Advantage Tackler, and a Jr. Safety Tackler are just a few pieces used by Lester and his coaching staff use with their players.

NFLYFL’s Commissioner Tim Lester is one of the first coaches to purchase The Kaboom Saftey Tackler, which is an all foam tackle sled that is created to help prevent avoidable concussions. Pairing this state of the art equipment along with the experience, knowledge, and expertise of the coaching staff has set Lester’s program apart from the rest. Hans, a sales rep for football equipment, was asked “What are your thoughts on all the equipment Tim Lester uses in his training program?” Hans replied, “With concussions and injuries this program is being proactive. They are investing in their young athletes in order to teach and help eliminate injuries.”

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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Riddell Concussion Information for Parents

Riddell Concussion Information for Athletes

Riddell Concussion Information for Coaches

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs of a concussion:

SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE SIGNS OBSERVED BYPARENTS/GUARDIANS
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion Just “not feeling right” or “feeling down”
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)

How can you help your child prevent a concussion or other serious brain injury?

Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport. Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times. Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity. Protective equipment should fit properly and be well maintained. Wearing a helmet is a must to reduce the risk of a serious brain injury or skull fracture.

If a youth athlete participating in a youth athletic activity exhibits symptoms of having a concussion, that athlete shall be removed from the game, competition, tryout, or practice and be evaluated by a health care provider.

If a youth athlete is deemed by a health care provider to have sustained a concussion, the coach or other designated personnel shall not permit the youth athlete to return to play until the youth athlete receives clearance from a health care provider for a full or graduated return to play. This is a requirement per the “Return to Play Act of 2013.” Parks /Associations may also direct parents to the web.

What should you do if you think your child has a concussion?

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities, including sports.

SAFETY COACHES

Every team has a Safety Coach that is Heads Up Football certified. The Safety Coaches have received specific training and tools for sideline concussion assessment and are granted with the authority, above and beyond the Head Coach, to remove a player from the field of play.

Baseline Concussion Testing

All players are Baseline Concussion tested by a certified trainer from (Children’s Health Care of Atlanta) CHOA.