By: NFL Posted: October 21, 2014

The National Football League is committed to player health and safety at all levels of the game. The NFL supports USA Football through their Heads Up Football initiative, which is a comprehensive youth and high school football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by more than two dozen medical, child advocacy and sport organizations. Heads Up Football encompasses USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response, medical expert-approved heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and Heads Up Tackling techniques for safer play.

Many NFL teams host free ‘Moms Clinics’, which provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn firsthand from experts in sports medicine, hear from NFL club and USA Football representatives, connect with Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Board Members and hit the field for drills at the NFL club’s practice facilities. 

The New York Giants hosted a ‘Moms Clinic’ in June where attendees learned about heat and hydration safety, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and proper tackling techniques. Gwen Reese, wife of Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, and Kate Snee, wife of Giants Offensive Lineman Chris Snee and daughter of Head Coach Tom Coughlin, participated in a dynamic panel discussion on the role moms can play in ensuring that youth play the game safely on the field. Giants safety Stevie Brown and Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Member Chris Golic also served as panelists. 

“As a mom you go to the practices, you go to the games, and you don’t really know if they are doing the right techniques, if they are doing the right fundamentals,” said Gwen Reese.  

“I think a program like this to help train the moms to have that eye, to watch their sons in practice, to make sure they are doing things right, makes everyone more comfortable.” 

The conversation focused on the importance of parental engagement in their children’s sports, their experiences as 'football moms' and discussion about how the rewards of football have positively affected their families. Other presenters included USA Football Master Trainer Vincent DiGaetano who shared his expertise with moms about ways to keep athletes safe.

The St. Louis Rams hosted a Heads Up Football Player Safety Coaches Clinic at the Rams Training Academy for more than 40 youth and high school football coaches in the St. Louis area on June 7. Rams COO and EVP of Football Operations Kevin Demoff volunteered his time to speak on the importance of promoting safe play at the youth level. Coaches also received instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting, concussion awareness and Heads Up Tackling techniques

From moms to coaches, the NFL is dedicated to providing skills and expertise to those involved in the lives of young athletes to promote safer sports for athletes at all levels of the game.