PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a problem that plagues the sport of football, worries mothers everywhere, but has never stopped young athletes from playing the game.
The NFL announced Monday it’s investing $45 million in concussion prevention camps for young players, and experts are starting by teaching their biggest fans — moms.
The Heads Up football program has ten participating clubs in Oregon that teach everything from proper tackling techniques to equipment fitting.
- Beaverton PAL (Portland Youth Football and Cheer)
- Boring David Douglas Youth Football Association (Portland Youth Football & Cheer
- Hillsboro Hilhi Youth Fooball Association
- Lake Oswego (Lakeridge Youth Football)
- Gresham Youth Football Association
- Portland Alberta Park Youth Football
- Portland Parkrose Youth Football
- Portland Rams Junior Football
- Portland Reynolds Youth Football
- Portland Troutdale Pal
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said by educating the mothers of players, the information is more likely to stick, and moms feel better about their kids being on the field.
“When moms understand it better, they say, ‘Yes, we want our kids to participate. We like the fact that we’re brought into the circle, so that we can understand better the game and understand what you’re doing to make sure when I leave my kid with you, as a coach, you’re making sure that he’s being taken care of,” he said.
One crucial part of the program is teaching athletes what not to do, by critically assessing poor tackles and dangerous choices made by the NFL’s top stars.