Source: USA Today
USA TODAY High School Sports and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association partnered on a monthly column to address injuries, prevention and related issues to help schools, coaches and student-athletes. Scott Sailor, the president of NATA, offered tips for players looking to protect their heads and faces.
- Helmets are mandatory in high school football. They are designed to prevent skull fractures, not prevent concussions.
- It’s critical that helmets be properly fitted. Your athletic trainer can help ensure this and that all other equipment is appropriate for you and the position you play in the sport.
- Helmets should display a NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) sticker and should be recertified through standards on a regular basis – check with your school’s athletic director or head coach to be sure this is happening.
- Facemasks are required in high school football.
- The goal of a football face mask is to protect all of the facial bones.
- Different positions necessitate different types of facemasks to offer a specific type of protection; for example, the helmet for a football lineman will have a more closed cage than one for a quarterback or receiver.
Mouth and throat protection
- Fitted mouthguards are required in high school football.
- Mouthguards are an easy, relatively inexpensive and effective way to help you prevent injuries to your teeth and mouth.
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