Hilliard Football Coach Working To Protect Teens From Concussions
Hilliard Davidson head football coach, Brian White, was the only coach from Ohio to join a 28-member panel for a summit that could change the way coaches and players get ready for Friday night.
Recently, the National Federation of State High School Associations invited the coach to take part in the two day summit aimed at preventing concussions.
"It's gonna kind of take us to another level for safety for kids in high school sports," said White.
The coach says the NFL class action lawsuit by players who suffered concussions is raising questions about how often kids are taking hard hits.
"I think there's kind of a misconception out there that practices across the country are full go for four hours a day four practices a week," says White. "I don't think that's the case."
Coach White says the panel, made up of mostly doctors, is deciding how to go beyond helmets and pad to protect players.
White says he anticipates the panel will ultimately recommend limiting full contact football to two practice days, not to exceed 90 minutes a week.
Coach White says that's more contact than many coaches currently allow, and says he believes the vast majority of high school coaches across the country care more about their players than the final score.
"When it's 14 all in the 4th quarter, every coach is going to want their best players out there but I would like to think no coach is going to put a player's life at risk to win a football game," says White.
The N.F.H.S. has created a free online course that shows you how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the appropriate action to take.