Ottawa Sun: Making football safer
By Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun
As a physical game with helmets colliding and with contact sometimes at high speeds, football is changing across Canada.
It’s not so much the game itself that’s adapting, it’s the way we’re looking at it, starting from the youngest levels all the way up.
Football Canada, in partnership with the CFL, has put in a Safe Contact program, a certification that will be mandatory for all coaches at any level within the next 24 months. The coaches, in turn, will be passing the safe blocking (primary contact with the hands) and tackling (making contact with the chest and front shoulder, not the head) techniques along to their players, a trickle-down effect that will soon enough be felt at the highest levels of football in Canada.
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