At the 2017 USA Football National Conference, retired U.S. Army general and former Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno took the stage to kick off the event as the new chairman of the national governing body for amateur football.
An effort to provide more high school football players better access to an athletic trainer on their sidelines.Read More
In the fall of 2006, 13-year-old Zackery Lystedt suffered life-altering injuries when he returned to his junior high school football game following a concussion earlier in the game. Zackery’s accident and recovery inspired the NFL and others to campaign for concussion protection laws in every state.Read More
Using proceeds from a $45 million grant from the NFL Foundation, USA Football has created the Heads Up Football (HUF) program to teach football coaches and other player safety leaders how to strive to improve player safety for youth, high school and other amateur athletes. Today, more than 150,000 coaches are HUF-certified, and more than two thirds of youth leagues across the country, including all Pop Warner leagues, have implemented HUF, representing more than 1 million kids.Read More
Sports-related injury awareness is important for parents no matter the age of their child. The Back to Sports program, offered jointly through the American Heart Association and the NFL, launched in 2014. It offers seminar resources for certified athletic trainers to educate their communities about sport safety and youth wellness.Read More
NFL players and members of the U.S. military have this in common: for fear of looking weak, they might not be open with teammates or fellow soldiers about suffering a concussion. Researchers, the U.S. military and the NFL are all working to clear up this misperception—and encourage people with injuries to get the help they need.Read More
Traditionally, potentially concussed athletes were asked simple questions about time, person and place to assess brain injury. More recently, an Australian researcher and his team spent seven years studying athletes. They developed this more specific list of questions that is used today.Read More