Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer recently filmed a 30 second video with the Heads Up Football Program and USA Football to advance player safety and help prevent football caused head injuries. In July, at the Big 10 Media days, Big 10 commissioner, Jim Delany and all of the Big 10 coaches supported the Heads-Up program.
The Heads Up Football Program was created by USA Football with the help of medical professionals and football experts on many levels, with the intent of keeping players safe. Heads Up Football preaches that proper tackling techniques are extremely important to keep players on the field and healthy. USA Football, based out of Indianapolis, is the game’s governing body, and aims to develop the game for youth, high school, and other amateur players. There have been nearly 2,800 youth leagues across the nation that have adopted the Heads Up program, which is nearly 90,000 coaches, and an astounding 600,000 players. High school versions of the program are not as widespread, with only 34 schools across 10 states piloting the program. In 2014, though, a national roll-out of the program is expected for the high school level.
“The health and safety of every young football player is our No. 1 priority. Coach Meyer and the Big Ten Conference share in that commitment by supporting our Heads Up Football program,” USA Football executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We value the Big Ten’s trust and continued leadership as we deliver significant behavior change in our sport for a better, safer game.”
The five primary elements of Heads Up football are: Heads Up Tackling, Coaching Certification, Concussion Recogniton and Response, Player Safety Coaches, and Equipment Fitting.
The Big Ten continues to be a leader in player safety as well as concussion research. In July of this year, the Big Ten-Ivy League Head Injury Summit to maintain the conferences’ leadership in concussion research.
You can watch Meyer’s message here.