On Saturday, the Chiefs hosted a Football Safety Clinic at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex specifically geared towards mothers of youth football players. Nearly 80 mothers attended the event, which was intended to teach proper football techniques, equipment fitting and safety precautions.
“This event is designed to inform local mothers on the proper techniques of hitting, equipment fitting, hydration and safety,” Shawn Barber, Chiefs Ambassador and former player, explained. “We want to keep parents in the know about the different techniques, the symptoms of concussions and how to stay hydrated, so that they can help keep the game safe.”
The event was held in conjunction with USA Football’s “Heads Up Football” program, which is a national initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer.
Mothers learned from Barber, along with other Ambassadors including, Anthony Davis, Jerry Cornelison, Ken Kramer, Duane Clemons and USA Football Master Trainer Kevin Brown.
During the event the mothers rotated from station to station, beginning with drills and equipment fitting, before hearing from Medical Director for Youth Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Randy Goldstein. Goldstein spoke to the mothers about concussions, signs and symptoms, heat preparedness and hydration.
“The message to the mothers is to be able to recognize the symptoms of concussions,” Dr. Goldstein commented. “They need to be able to look for signs that would suggest their child has had a concussion, such as headache, dizziness, light sensitivity, fogginess or confusion.”
The group also heard from Chris Golic, who is a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee and the wife of Mike Golic from ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
“We wanted the moms to come out to the facility to have a little bit of fun and to be educated about the game of football,” Golic noted. “We realize that moms are making the decisions about what sports their kids are involved with, so we want them to understand the changes that are taking place with football with regards to safety, health issues and to empower themselves with information about proper tackling techniques, how to fit equipment and more.”
This was the second annual Heads Up Football Clinic for mothers, which helped empower them with knowledge and information to be more prepared, aware and informed on how to protect their children.
“Moms are taking their kids to and from practice on a daily basis, they are spending lots of time with their children or at games or practice, so we want them to be armed with the information to make the game safer,” Golic said.