Safety at forefront of USA Football clinic

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP)- There are plenty of ingredients needed to become a great football player. Along with that, there are plenty of ways to make the game safer.

USA football made its way back to Parkersburg for a clinic with youth football coaches from around the Mid-Ohio Valley. Coaches were educated on proper body positioning, ways to tackle, block and remain under control. A new shoulder tackling system was also introduced.

USA football made its way back to Parkersburg for a clinic with youth football coaches from around the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Coaches were educated on proper body positioning, ways to tackle, block and remain under control. A new shoulder tackling system was also introduced.

There was a classroom session that focused on equipment fitting, concussion protocols and emergency action plans.

The goal was to make sure athletes are being taught good tools and techniques to ensure safety on the field.

"We're taking this back to our leagues, our areas and with our kids," said USA Football master trainer Nickolas Marmo.

"We want to make sure they're getting the best coaching, the best experience because that's our main priority. Everybody's parent out there wants to make sure their kid is getting the best and this is part of that."

"There's less room of error and I think everyone should get involved," said James Washington, a youth football coach in South Hills.

"Not just the coaches but also the parents. It gives you a better feeling. You feel good, you're understanding, you're aware, therefore it's going to show up on the field and you're going to play good. You're going to also have something to build off of. The foundation and you're going to be better."

About 450 clinics are being held across the county this summer. Nearly 40 states are requiring high schools to be USA football certified.



 
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