2nd Largest U.S. School District Does Its Due Diligence to Minimize Risk of Football Concussions

L.A. Unified School District takes the first steps to increase concussion prevention awareness and provide coaching staffs with possible solutions.

7 Jun 2012

LOS ANGLES, CA – JUNE 6th, 2012. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), will be addressing the issue of concussions in high school football at their annual coaches’ conference where the district’s 300 head football coaches will be in attendance. 

“Our main objective is to get coaches to acknowledge the problem and to become aware of their options”, says John Aguirre, Assistant Commissioner for L.A. City Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The key areas of focus will be helmet inspection, concussion education and improved tackling techniques.

The epidemic of concussions in sports, especially among youth and high school student athletes has been gaining more attention since 2009. The number of concussions for young athletes is well over 2 million per year and the game of football leads the list.

Among those scheduled to speak, Coach Bobby Hosea of Train ‘Em Up Academy will be presenting his Helmet-Free Tackle Safety and Performance Curriculum for Coach and Player Certification Program. “This is a health and education issue, not a sports issue”, says Coach Hosea. 

To date, Coach Hosea’s helmet-free tackle training system is the only evidence-based program shown to remove  a helmet first-collision or what is known as “crown-strike” from the tackling process as well as reduce forces to the head, neck and spine by as much as 40 percent.  

In June 2011, The LA84 Foundation, a Los Angeles-based, non-profit organization serving youth through sports and education, commissioned a study on the effectiveness of Coach Hosea’s Tackle Progression System. The results are available below.

Coach Hosea’s goal is national accreditation and a mandate that requires all coaches and players be educated and certified in keeping the crown of the head out of the tackle. "There is a lot of information out there addressing a concussion after the fact, but most people don't talk about the preventative aspect of the problem,” says Assistant Commissioner Aguirre.

The event will take place Saturday June 9th from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium on the campus of Pasadena City College.

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