WYB Football Safety and Concussion Awareness Initiatives
Registration numbers in youth football programs nationwide have seen a decline in the last several years. Speculation and research have shown that parental concerns about injuries and concussions continue to be the primary reason for this steady decline.
The WYB Board of Directors, the Directors of Football, and the Commissioners and Coaches have been working hard behind the scenes to address these concerns, and would like to provide you with the following information:
In April of 2013, the Ohio's General Assembly passed a bill making it mandatory for any/all coaches of youth sports to take a Concussion Awareness course, pass a test and become certified in Concussion Awareness. All WYB Commissioners and Head Coaches (regardless of sport) are required to complete this training and become certified. Here is a link to more information regarding the law, training, certification, and general FAQs:
WYB has, and continues, to utilize the best equipment available. A majority of our helmets are manufactured by Riddell - the same manufacturer that supplies helmets to the NFL. In fact, the helmets we use are the same type/model used in the NFL. Unfortunately registration fees to play youth football are significant, and increasing, a lot of this is due to the cost associated with outfitting our children with the best available. We also follow a strict schedule of reconditioning our helmets, which involves Riddell removing all hardware, X-raying the "shell", replacing any broken/defective parts, painting, and reassembling the helmet. We also discontinue the use of any helmet that cannot pass this inspection/process or that have been in use for longer than 8 years.
WYB employs two certified Athletic Trainers (currently through Ohio Health) every Sunday to cover all games. Both trainers are ATC (Atheltic Trainer Certified) certified and are responsible for providing triage, injury prevention, and treatment for football related activities. These trainers are available from the first game to the last game on every Sunday.
Several of our coaches have begun the process to become USA Football "Heads Up" Certified. This is a program taught by USA Football, the NFL's Youth Football Affiliate, to help coaches understand the proper tackling techniques. The program teaches the proper tackling technique, drills to run to reinforce the form, proper equipment fitting, etc. This program was developed to reduce the number of injuries (mostly head and neck) resulting from poor tackling techniques. For more information please visit the USA Football website below.
Football is a collision sport. Unfortunately injuries occur, but WYB Football is committed to reducing the number and severity of injuries through to initiatives described above. We want to instill a love for the game, but also a deeper understanding of the techniques and skills required to be successful and injury free. We hope this information helps.