SFIA Proudly Supports Heads Up Football
NFL & USA Football Brings Educational Session & Panel to Congress
SILVER SPRING, MD – July 16th, 2015 – SFIA commends The NFL and USA Football for hosting an interactive educational session, panel discussion, and football clinic centered on Heads Up Football (HUF) yesterday in Washington, DC.
Heads Up Football took center stage in the Rayburn Congressional Office Building as members of the U.S. Congress, congressional staff and their families were introduced to this national health and safety initiative.
“SFIA completely endorses Heads Up Football and all it has accomplished in making the game as safe as possible,” said Tom Cove, CEO & President of SFIA. “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. Taking part in the Heads Up Football program does just that for the sport.”
“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 applauds the success of USA Football’s innovative Heads Up Football program with recent reports from The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention showing Heads Up Football Programs having a 76% reduction in injuries compared to leagues that do not take part in the initiative.
Wednesday’s event was moderated by NFL Director of Youth and High School Football, Roman Oben, who was accompanied by former NFL Super Bowl Winning Head Coach Bill Cowher, pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Catherine McGill, and Andy Ryland, USA Football Senior Manager of Football Education. Special appearances were made by the Youth Sports Caucus Co-chair Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) who provided opening remarks and former NFL head coach and Hall of Fame player Mike Singletary.