July 25, 2014

NEYSA holds first Parent Symposium and Player Clinic

NEYSA held a Parent Symposium and Player Clinic at Starpoint to help promote concussion awareness.

Concussions have been one of the most popular topics when it comes to football in the past three years, especially when the ex-NFL players received a $765 million payout from the league in the infamous lawsuit settlement.

As a result, USA Football developed its “Heads Up” protocol three years ago.

Now the newly formed Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association has followed suit in implementing USA Football’s protocols by holding their first ever Parent Symposium and Player Clinic at Starpoint High School.

“That’s part of what ‘Heads Up’ football protocols are,” NEYSA President Ray Turpin said of concussion awareness. “It’s to get the head out of the game and to teach them to make a proper tackle and not endanger themselves. What we are trying to do is educate, not just the kids, but the parents.”

NEYSA also used two guest speakers in Section VI Football Chairman and USA Football master trainer Ken Stoldt and former Buffalo Bills safety and current color commentator Mark Kelso as advocates for the symposium.

Stoldt, the former Alden High School football coach, educated the kids and parents on the ‘Heads Up’ key components which include education and certification, equipment fitting, concussion recognition and awareness, heat and hydration, and heads up tackling.

“We have some of the foremost football minds in the world working on this,” Stoldt said of USA Football protocols. “This isn’t just a fly-by-night thing. They have their top people working on these aspects and what we are doing is trying... Read the rest of this article in Sports


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