Make Sure You Have a Safety Plan in Place

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

A coach bears the ultimate responsibility of providing a safe environment for his players during training sessions and games. Nothing is more important.

Player safety has come to the forefront of the discussion surrounding high school football in recent years, and coaches are expected to educate themselves on the rules and best practices for keeping players out of harm’s way.

We understand this can be an overwhelming proposition for high school coaches who are also trying to serve as role models, build programs, and win games.

Football is a collision sport, so injuries are inevitable. Every coach needs a plan for when these setbacks occur – whether they come in the form of concussions, heat-related illnesses, damaged equipment, or any other issue that might require oversight.

What is your safety plan? If you don’t have one, you need one.

Parents place their trust in coaches to steer their way through the most challenging of medical issues, and making the wrong decision could leave a coach wishing he’d taken the time to formulate an emergency action plan.

We’ll help you with that by sharing our findings of the most recent trends in player safety. The responsibility of a high school football coach has never been greater when it comes to seeking out resources and educational tools to deal with issues of player safety.

Search our “Health and Safety” section to create a safety plan for your team.

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