Twin Valley and USA Heads Up Football

UpdatedWednesday February 10, 2016 byJoe Strollo.

Twin Valley is proud to announce that we are a Heads Up Football® certified program as of 2015. 

 

You may or may not know what this program is…. Some of you may be thinking, “Yea, I know what that is, it’s that concussion certification online test from the CDC.”  While that too is called ‘Heads Up’ that’s not what this is.  Chances are you’ve seen those commercials during NFL games or TV which have that tagline, “Ask if your coach is Heads Up Certified.”  That’s what we’re moving towards in 2015

 

 

What is USA Football: Heads Up Football®?

Heads Up Football® (HUF) is USA Football’s national initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer.  It is backed and supported by the NFL, NCAA, CDC, Big10, PAC-12, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and many other organizations.

The NFL made major changes in 2012-13 towards player safety.  In 2014 the NCAA followed right along and also altered their programs.  It’s only a matter of time until this becomes standard practice within PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association).  So the TVF, Inc. Board along with our entire league within BAYFL (Berks Area Youth Football League) decided that we will take a proactive approach and the necessary steps to become the First youth program in Berks County as well as the first in many of the surrounding counties (Lehigh, Lancaster, Montgomery & Chester) to become a Heads Up Football® certified program.

 

What are the Benefits of Heads Up Football®?

It offers a comprehensive collection of resources; programs, applications and promotions to effect change and address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth football.

KEY COMPONENTS:

  • Coaching Certification
  • Concussion Recognition & Response
  • Proper Equipment Fitting
  • Heads Up Tackling & Blocking
  • Heat Preparedness & Hydration
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  •  

COACHING CERTIFICATION

The only nationally accredited courses with content created from football experts and health professionals.

Give our coaches the best in coaching education.  After completing an age-based course, coaches will earn their certification, receive a certificate, appear on the USA Football National Coaching Registry, and become eligible for other coaching benefits through USA Football.  USA Football’s Coaching Education Program (CEP) is designed to train coaches who are responsible for the on-field development of youngsters, ages 5-14, playing organized youth flag and tackle football.

The CEP provides youth football leagues with a resource that can help them annually certify and set a standard for volunteer youth flag and tackle coaches.  USA Football is committed to providing youth coaches, from beginner to advanced, with a program that challenges their abilities to teach the most progressive skills and techniques by age group.

 

Benefits:

  • Improves a coach’s ability to run more effective practices within a positive and safe environment
  • Ensures coaches have a better understanding for concussion, heat emergency preparedness and equipment fitting
  • Delivers techniques for working with parents and creating a positive team environment
  • Enhances the competitiveness of your organization with better trained coaches

The Coaching Education Program will entail all coaches attending a 3-4 hour training program where they will take part in a three step process: Learn it, Do it, Teach it.

After they complete this clinic they will be given access to complete the online testing to complete their certification. 

YES, this will require a slight increase and a commitment from our volunteer coaches to invest some extra time to complete this certification……we recognize that.  However TVF, Inc and BAYFL feels that player safety and education is our number one priority.

 

CONCUSSION RECOGNITION & RESPONSE:

Education is the first step to help protect players from concussion.

Coaches and parents should know what to look for on the field and encourage attention to concussion symptoms. Topics include:

  • What is a concussion?
  • Signs and symptoms of a concussion
  • What to do when a concussion occurs

 

PROPER EQUIPMENT FITTING:

It is essential that every player has a properly fitted helmet and shoulder pads. League administrators, coaches, and parents should be able to recognize equipment that fits properly and check the fit of equipment throughout the season. Improperly fitted equipment can place an athlete at greater risk for injury.

 

HEADS UP TACKLING & BLOCKING:

USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling™ is a step-by-step protocol to teach the core principles of the skill and sets a new standard in player safety. The program utilizes five fundamentals through a series of drills to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach players how to properly tackle with a focus on reducing helmet contacts.

One of football’s most basic skills, USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking helps coaches teach players to properly engage with a defender, drive with the legs and maintain the correct body position for effective and safer play.

 

HEAT PREPAREDNESS & HYDRATION:

Heads Up Football® strengthens its commitment to player safety by adding a heat and hydration training curriculum – with assistance from the University of Connecticut’s Kory Stringer Institute.

Targeted education for coaches and parents increases the on-field and off-field monitoring of athletes. Best practices reinforce heat and hydration related safety practices at all levels.

 

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST:

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is what happens when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. When a doctor states that a patient has “gone into Sudden Cardiac Arrest”, it means that, out of nowhere, the patient’s heart has stopped pumping blood.

The conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death fall into two categories:  structural and electrical.  A structural heart defect, like cardiomyopathy, prevents the heart from working properly – it’s too big or the parts are in the wrong places.  An electrical heart defect, like Long QT Syndrome, interrupts the heart’s rhythm.  Many people think that SCA is an adult thing, but that’s just not true.  SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes.  It is also responsible for up to 15% of all sudden infant deaths.  The good news is that most of these conditions are detectable and treatable.

Just like with the Concussion Baseline testing….

 

What is USA Football: Heads Up Football®?

Heads Up Football® (HUF) is USA Football’s national initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer.  It is backed and supported by the NFL, NCAA, CDC, Big10, PAC-12, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and many other organizations.

The NFL made major changes in 2012-13 towards player safety.  In 2014 the NCAA followed right along and also altered their programs.  It’s only a matter of time until this becomes standard practice within PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association).  So the FAYFCA Board along with our entire league within BAYFL (Berks Area Youth Football League) decided that we will take a proactive approach and the necessary steps to become the First youth program in Berks County as well as the first in many of the surrounding counties (Lehigh, Lancaster, Montgomery & Chester) to become a Heads Up Football® certified program.

 

What are the Benefits of Heads Up Football®?

It offers a comprehensive collection of resources; programs, applications and promotions to effect change and address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth football.

 

KEY COMPONENTS:

  • Coaching Certification
  • Concussion Recognition & Response
  • Proper Equipment Fitting
  • Heads Up Tackling & Blocking
  • Heat Preparedness & Hydration
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  •  

COACHING CERTIFICATION

The only nationally accredited courses with content created from football experts and health professionals.

Give our coaches the best in coaching education.  After completing an age-based course, coaches will earn their certification, receive a certificate, appear on the USA Football National Coaching Registry, and become eligible for other coaching benefits through USA Football.  USA Football’s Coaching Education Program (CEP) is designed to train coaches who are responsible for the on-field development of youngsters, ages 5-14, playing organized youth flag and tackle football.

 

The CEP provides youth football leagues with a resource that can help them annually certify and set a standard for volunteer youth flag and tackle coaches.  USA Football is committed to providing youth coaches, from beginner to advanced, with a program that challenges their abilities to teach the most progressive skills and techniques by age group.

 

Benefits:

  • Improves a coach’s ability to run more effective practices within a positive and safe environment
  • Ensures coaches have a better understanding for concussion, heat emergency preparedness and equipment fitting
  • Delivers techniques for working with parents and creating a positive team environment
  • Enhances the competitiveness of your organization with better trained coaches

The Coaching Education Program will entail all coaches attending a 3-4 hour training program where they will take part in a three step process: Learn it, Do it, Teach it.

After they complete this clinic they will be given access to complete the online testing to complete their certification. 

YES, this will require a slight increase and a commitment from our volunteer coaches to invest some extra time to complete this certification……we recognize that.  However FAYFCA and BAYFL feels that player safety and education is our number one priority.

 

CONCUSSION RECOGNITION & RESPONSE:

Education is the first step to help protect players from concussion.

Coaches and parents should know what to look for on the field and encourage attention to concussion symptoms. Topics include:

  • What is a concussion?
  • Signs and symptoms of a concussion
  • What to do when a concussion occurs

 

PROPER EQUIPMENT FITTING:

It is essential that every player has a properly fitted helmet and shoulder pads. League administrators, coaches, and parents should be able to recognize equipment that fits properly and check the fit of equipment throughout the season. Improperly fitted equipment can place an athlete at greater risk for injury.

 

HEADS UP TACKLING & BLOCKING:

USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling™ is a step-by-step protocol to teach the core principles of the skill and sets a new standard in player safety. The program utilizes five fundamentals through a series of drills to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach players how to properly tackle with a focus on reducing helmet contacts.

One of football’s most basic skills, USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking helps coaches teach players to properly engage with a defender, drive with the legs and maintain the correct body position for effective and safer play.

 

HEAT PREPAREDNESS & HYDRATION:

Heads Up Football® strengthens its commitment to player safety by adding a heat and hydration training curriculum – with assistance from the University of Connecticut’s Kory Stringer Institute.

Targeted education for coaches and parents increases the on-field and off-field monitoring of athletes. Best practices reinforce heat and hydration related safety practices at all levels.

 

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST:

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is what happens when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. When a doctor states that a patient has “gone into Sudden Cardiac Arrest”, it means that, out of nowhere, the patient’s heart has stopped pumping blood.

The conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death fall into two categories:  structural and electrical.  A structural heart defect, like cardiomyopathy, prevents the heart from working properly – it’s too big or the parts are in the wrong places.  An electrical heart defect, like Long QT Syndrome, interrupts the heart’s rhythm.  Many people think that SCA is an adult thing, but that’s just not true.  SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes.  It is also responsible for up to 15% of all sudden infant deaths.  The good news is that most of these conditions are detectable and treatable.

 

Getting your child’s heart screened, coupled with a complete family medical history, is the best way to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death.  A heart screening, which begins with an electrocardiogram (ECG), takes about 2 minutes and records the heart’s electrical rhythm.  An ECG can detect up to 85% of all of the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

For more details on USA Football Heads Up Football® please visit: http://usafootball.com

 

Getting your child’s heart screened, coupled with a complete family medical history, is the best way to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death.  A heart screening, which begins with an electrocardiogram (ECG), takes about 2 minutes and records the heart’s electrical rhythm.  An ECG can detect up to 85% of all of the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

 

For more details on USA Football Heads Up Football® please visit: http://usafootball.com

 

(orginal text provided by Fleetwood Football Coordinator, Neil Devlin ndevlin@ptd.net)