Safety Information for Players and Parents

It is imperative that parents make themselves aware of the inherent risks in football and of the measures available to prevent injuries. Parents who understand safety principles are in a better position to monitor their practice and advocate their prevention in an athletic program, for example:
-- knowing the correct blocking and tackling techniques,
-- knowing the importance of correctly fitted equipment, and
-- knowing the importance of proper hydration for players.

Parents should feel free to ask questions and to speak up if they see anything that seems unsafe. Other important roles for parents include:
-- ensuring that any injury is reported to the team's Athletic Director and coaching staff, and
-- ensuring that any Doctor-directed treatment or rehabilitation after the injury is complied with.

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Hydration

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The primary objective for replacing body fluid loss during exercise is to maintain normal hydration.

Symptoms of Dehydration

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Children get dehydrated if they do not replace body fluids lost by sweating

Heat Illnesses

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Causes and symptoms of heat illness.

Heat Exhaustion Instruction

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How to treat heat exhaustion.

Football Equipment

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The majority of the football gear the players wear serves one purpose - protection. Although most of the pads worn are required by the rules, some gear is made for specific player positions. The printout at the link above describes the equipment for a basic football uniform. The equipment can be categorized by Head Protection, Body Protection, and Leg Protection.

Reconditioning of Football Helmets

The mission of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is to commission research on and, where feasible, establish standards for athletic equipment. To view their 2011 newsletters, click on the NOCSAE logo above.

Sizing Football Helmet

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Knowing how to properly fit your player or child with the right helmet makes him and the program that much safer.

Symptoms of a Concussion

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How to recognize that your son or player has a concussion.

Sizing Football Shoulder Pads

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Instructions on how to properly fit a pair of shoulder pads to a player.

Proper Form Tackling Techniques

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What constitutes a proper form tackle.

Tips for Preventing Football Injuries

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Tips to help your child avoid injury while playing football.

What Is Asthma?

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Asthma (Az-muh) is a chronic disease that affects a person's airways and makes breathing difficult.

What Is a Staph Infection

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What is a staph infection and how to treat it.

Why Youth Athletes Use Steroids

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Why do kids use steroids when they know the dangers and know that they are illegal?

Basic Facts About Drugs

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Some basic information about drug use, the drugs effects, and their prevention.

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

What is the swine flu?

The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that has infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico is a novel influenza A virus that has not previously been identified in North America. This virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Investigations of these cases suggest that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring.

What are the symptoms of swine flu?

Although uncomplicated influenza-like illness (fever, cough or sore throat) has been reported in many cases, mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion, rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported. Other symptoms reported with swine influenza A virus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea. Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus infection. The potential for exacerbation of underlying chronic medical conditions or invasive bacterial infection with swine influenza A virus infection should be considered.

How can I prevent swine flu infection?

The CDC recommends taking these steps:
-- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Or, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
-- Avoid close contact with sick people.
-- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
-- Got flu symptoms? Stay home, and when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Afterward, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.