FNF Coaches Talk for March 7 — USA Football FDM Model, Analytics, Concussion Recovery Times

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches! We hope you’ve had your fix of the NFL Combine. Let’s talk high school football coaching.

1. USA Football begins work on development model (Associated Press)

USA Football has introduced the council that will oversee the implementation of its Football Development Model for the sport.

The FDM, part of the overall American Development Model for athletes backed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, is a first of its kind framework to help parents, coaches and program leaders provide what players need to develop and grow as athletes and people through football participation. Basically, the FDM is a roadmap for how football is presented, practiced and coached from youth through adulthood.

Chairing the council will be Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer. Hainline will direct a group featuring doctors, scientists, researchers, coaches, administrators and former players, including Anquan Boldin, a top NFL receiver for most of his 14 pro seasons.

“If we don’t get a multitude of perspectives on different levels, that is a disservice,” says Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football’s CEO. “We will not all agree on every aspect and that will be healthy. We want a professional set of debates and discussions now so that we work toward a consensus. By design, we have a really diverse group of experts in different fields that helps us come together as we pioneer a new approach.”

USA Football, the governing body for the sport, is aiming for up to 10 leagues nationwide as FDM pilot programs this fall. By 2020, the FDM formally will be rolled out to schools and youth football programs.

The model is composed of six pillars:
—a whole-person and multisport approach to development;
—a focus on physical literacy and skill development;
—coach education and training;
—creating multiple pathways and options into and within the sport, such as non-contact and flag football, 7-on-7 programs, as well as full contact;
—making football fun and fulfilling;
—participation in the sport and retention of the athletes.

Coaches — What model are you using to refer your youth league players to specific teams or leagues?

2. Eastern Idaho sports teams utilizing analytics to gain competitive edge (Post Register)

This is a good story about the use of analytics in high school sports. We know high school coaches are using HUDL for analytics and game film purposes, but we didn’t realize Krossover has emerged as a legitimate competitor.

Sports analytics services such as Hudl and its recent rival Krossover have become big business. Hudl, which offers products for more than 35 sports, services more than 150,000 teams and has more than 4 million users according to its website.
Some high schools have even begun using drones to film practices to provide “overhead vantage points to supplement traditional video shot at a distance,” the National Federation of State High School Associations reports. Skyline High School football is one of those teams — using drones during games at Ravsten Stadium.

Coaches — We want to hear from you on this one. Are you using HUDL exclusively, Krossover exclusively, or both?

Some packages of Hudl cost up to $1,500 . Krossover packages cost $400 , according to its website.
“I don’t see how we can live without it now,” Baczuk said. “(Hudl) knows how powerful it is.”

Coaches — How many companies are you paying to provide video and analytics software? Which companies?

3. Scientists teach machines to predict recovery time from sports-related concussions (Science Daily)

File this one under player safety, and play close attention.

As coaches, we’ve all dealt with concussions, and we all have felt indecisive or unsure of when to welcome a recovering player back to the field. While most athletes recover from a football-related concussion in about seven to 10 days, some need more time. This lack of a clear protocol makes managing the treatment of sports-related concussions very complicated.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and SIVOTEC Analytics in Boca Raton, and collaborators, have come up with a novel solution. They are teaching machines how to predict recovery time from sports-related concussions based on symptoms like headache, dizziness and fatigue.

This is great news for coaches, as it takes the decision-making out of our hands completely.

With the dataset showing that the most prevalent reported sports-related concussion symptom was a headache (94.9 percent), followed by dizziness (74.3 percent), and then difficulty concentrating (61.1 percent), the symptom-based prediction models demonstrated practical clinical value in estimating sport-related concussion recovery time. This information can be especially valuable to health care providers in concussion case management and patient care. Beyond clinical decision support, this insight also can help with planning academic accommodations and team needs.

As always, Coaches, the key to concussion recovery is not to place the player back on the field until he is clear of all symptoms.

What is your protocol once a player has been diagnosed with a concussion?

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