Over 50 area youth football coaches joined personnel from USA Football and the Cleveland Browns for a Player Safety Clinic inside FirstEnergy Stadium's Kardiac Club Saturday morning.
Chuck Kyle, legendary St. Ignatius Head Coach and USA Football Master Trainer, preached the core educational principles of Heads Up Football alongside 5-year NFL veteran and fellow USA Football Master Trainer Ron Bellamy. The core educational principles of Heads Up Football include concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting, Heads Up tackling, and Heads Up blocking.
Kyle and Bellamy fed off each other throughout the entire presentation, answering every question presented to them and adding to the discussions with a number of touching personal stories that hit home with the diverse group of coaches in attendance.
Saturday's Player Safety Clinic concluded with hands-on demonstrations of USA Football's Heads Up tackling and blocking, which provided coaches with a framework to teach, practice, and correct proper technique in these critical contact-based areas.
The four-hour session allowed each coach in attendance to take a huge step toward improving their respective program by becoming Heads Up certified as a player safety coach. A Heads Up certified player safety coach ensures compliance with Heads Up Football player protocols, coach certification, and continuing education with coaches, players and parents.
With youth football providing year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents, the Cleveland Browns continue to evolve as a development leader for the game of football. Through camps, clinics and other football-based initiatives, the Browns strive to provide quality programs to ensure the youth of today are involved with the sport for generations to come.
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