FNF Coaches Talk — Former QB Tries Creatine, What to Do After Bad Play, USA Football to Include TeachAids

Good afternoon, Coaches! Glad you’re back. We’ve got some good stories for you.

1. Former Pro QB Tries Creatine, Shares Findings (Woodward News)

This newspaper has a nutrition and strength training column written by former professional quarterback turned award-winning author Eli Cranor.

I looked it up to verify the “former pro quarterback” part of it, and it appears the Florida Atlantic University alumnus went on to play in the Swedish National Football League. Impressive.

Cranor takes a question from a reader in this column, and it has to do with her son playing high school football and taking supplements to try to gain weight.

Mainly, I stuck with natural weight-gaining methods. One coach told me to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with every meal, so I did. A few weeks later, I went to the doctor only to find that my triglycerides were up!
Next, I tried whey protein. I remember not liking the taste of it much at all. My dad would mix these heaping shakes together with milk and ice cream, adding a cup of the protein to top it off — but I still didn’t really like it. I kept drinking them, though, and by my senior year in high school I had finally topped out at 190 pounds.

While Cranor stuck to natural weight-gaining methods as a player, he did recently take creatine with his normal weight-lifting regiment to see how his body responded.

I saw results in my body composition in under two weeks. I also noticed strength gains. After a month on creatine, I was in the best-looking shape of my life, but I didn’t feel all that great.
I was sore all the time. Like my muscles had sand in them. I did gain 10 pounds of what seemed to be muscle, but I felt slower. I was told to constantly drink water while taking creatine — which I did — but this just made me feel even more sluggish, almost waterlogged.
Long story short, I’m glad I didn’t take creatine during my playing days. Sure, I might have looked like a million bucks, but I don’t think the extra weight and strength would have translated to the field.


What do you suggest to your athletes who inquire about taking supplements like creatine?

2. 3 Things to Do After You Get Beat Playing DB (All Eyes DB Camp)

This advice is geared toward defensive backs, but it applies to any player or coach who is looking to overcome adversity within a game.

Certainly, defensive backs are a little more exposed than some other positions on Friday nights. A mistake could mean either a touchdown or a really big play. This article shares three things you need to do after getting beat for a big play.

1 – Quickly Figure Out What Went Wrong

The common thing told to DB’s is that you have to have a short memory and forget about the play. Sure, this is true but not right away. After you get beat, you need to quickly determine what went wrong and why you gave up the big play.

2 – Block Out the Noise

Close the door on your ear. You will hear the opposing receiver and fans because you are not deaf, but don’t listen. Some times the noise comes from your teammates on the scene or in the huddle. If the noise isn’t coming in some form of constructive criticism, meaning information that can help you in the next situation, block that out too.

3 – Focus on the Next Play

After you have made your quick assessment of the situation gone bad, file away the information you picked up and store it for the next time the situation comes up. What’s more important now is focusing on what may be coming on the next play. Your mind still has to be on the other team’s tendencies, your team’s game plan and what your responsibilities are.


What is your process for helping a player move on to the next play after making mistake?

3. USA Football Youth Coach Certification to include TeachAids’ CrashCourse Concussion Education Module (TeachAids)

USA Football announced that its nationally accredited Coach Certification curriculum for coaches will include CrashCourse by TeachAids. The concussion education module updates the certification’s concussion education for safer and smarter play. USA Football certifies the greatest number of coaches annually among U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee member organizations.

The announcement was made at USA Football’s 2020 National Conference in Louisville on Feb. 23. The conference is the nation’s largest combined annual gathering of high school and youth football coaches and administrators, addressing grassroots football leaders from nearly all 50 states.

CrashCourse by TeachAids is an interactive educational module created to improve concussion awareness and understanding among athletes, parents and coaches. It includes the most up-to-date scientific knowledge and helps to dispel myths and misconceptions about the concussion recovery process.

In addition to being part of this year’s youth coach certification, CrashCourse is available free of charge as a stand-alone course within USA Football’s online course library. The curriculum stands among the highest-rated courses available through usafootball.com and has already been delivered more than 9,000 times since June 2019.


What resources are you using to educate yourself on concussions?

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