USA Football Heads Up Program Helped Reduce Concussions

Source: MedPage Today

Good news for one of our partners, USA Football. There are stats that show the Heads Up Football philosophy is working.

John Tokish, MD, and colleagues with Greenville (S.C.) Health System found that when a coach was trained in Heads Up Football (HUF) before the season, the team’s players suffered concussions at a rate of 4.1 per 100 players (95% CI 3.3-5.1), which was significantly lower that the 6.0/100 suffered by players on other teams from a comparison group (RR 1.5; 95% CI 1.1-2.1). Players on HUF teams were 32% less likely to suffer concussions overall, Tokish reported, and 40% less likely during games.

The leaders at USA Football created Heads Up Football, a program that teaches tackling and blocking techniques designed to reduce helmet contact while addressing all-sport-relevant topics with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response; sudden cardiac arrest protocols; hydration and heat preparedness; and instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.

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