The Ebinport youth football team runs onto the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., prior to the preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants on Aug. 13, 2011. (Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
Chris Prawdzik, president of Chicago’s North Shore Youth Football Club, knows the ins and outs of youth football programming quite well. Youth Today recently asked the seven-year veteran of youth football management about key practices all directors and operators should to ensure a successful — and safe — experience for the nation’s youngest athletes.
“Set a policy, make sure everyone is aware of it, and you have everybody on board,” Prawdzik said.
Oftentimes, he explained, young athletes may want to continue playing after potential head injuries, but Prawdzik implores coaches to keep children out of action if they are displaying any concussion symptoms. “They need to sit out, and they need to be examined by a physician,” he said.
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