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SFIA Applauds NFL, NCAA, Department of Defense Research Pledge on Concussions

Date: 5/30/14

SFIA Re-Commits to Heads Up Football Program
SILVER SPRING, MD – May 30, 2014 – SFIA applauds the investment in sports concussion research announced yesterday at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit hosted by President Obama at the White House and attended by SFIA President and CEO Tom Cove.
The NFL, NCAA, Department of Defense and New York Giants owner Steve Tisch each pledged multi-million dollar commitments to fund comprehensive studies on the causes, prevention and treatment of sports concussions and brain injury.  
“SFIA endorses completely the Summit’s theme that parents and players must be provided the confidence that the sports programs are doing everything they possibly can to reduce the risk of injury to participants,” said Cove.  “Everyone in the sports community must work together so that parents, coaches and administrators are trained to implement concussion prevention strategies, identify possible injuries, and institute sound procedures to address them appropriately when they happen. While using proper protective equipment plays a critical role, implementing science-based best practices on parent education, coach training, proper skills and techniques and return-to-play protocols also are central components of the solution.”
“We know we face a crisis of physical inactivity and declining sports participation, with alarming health implications for this country.  We need to make sure sports are as safe as they can be as we encourage American families and individuals to get off the couch and away from their screens,” Cove added.
SFIA re-affirmed its commitment to support USA Football’s innovative Heads Up Football program, with talks underway for merchandising, packaging, and other point of purchase and social media promotional efforts to ensure every youth football league and coach is Heads Up-certified in the future.
The President also announced a $5 million investment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to “accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions.”  Work in this area will include development of new materials including lightweight, structural composite and active or smart materials for protective gear.  

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