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Updated: 6:26 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 | Posted: 6:26 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
More concussions are reported in football than in any other high school sport. Channel 11’s Katherine Amenta found out how a local team is becoming a pioneer in prevention.
“Our coaches teach good technique always, but this really adds to it,” said North Hills High School trainer, Eric Cardwell.
North Hills High School is the first in the area to try this concussion prevention program and Channel 11 News was there to see it in action.
A specially-marked pad was created by school alum and former NFL Pro-Bowler, LaVar Arrington, to train players to tackle safely.
“They actually have a visual cue, an aiming point or a target. They know every time where to hit,” said head coach Pat Carey.
Defensive back coach Jon Miller gave Amenta a clear demonstration of how players protect their heads during a tackle, saying you want to keep your eyes and head up.
“You can’t hit what you can’t see,” explained Miller.
“This is a process and over the next few weeks and the next few years, I think we'll see a big improvement in what we're doing,” said Carey.
“At first, it was kind of hard to get used to,” admitted Senior Corey Bopp. “Then we just kept using it and got used to it.”
The program is not just about protecting players during the game, it’s also about preparation. All contact sports players at North Hills do neck strengthening exercises to cut down on injuries.
“We're just trying to be proactive and show that we are really making an effort to teach our kid,” said Carey.
The team is also using specially-designed practice jerseys to teach concussion prevention.
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