Head Injuries in Football: UPMC and Steelers Team up for Concussion Program
A partnership between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program seeks to educate football coaches and players on the steps they can take on the field to lessen the chance of head injuries, and the importance of seeking the right treatment when injuries do occur.
Safe Tackling Techniques Can Prevent Head Injuries
When it comes to preventing head injuries and concussions, the Steelers play by the mantra "Don't hit the head. Don't use the head."
In teaming up with UPMC Sports Medicine, the Steelers are sharing this message to educate players and help athletes at all levels prevent injury.
Information on practicing safe and proper tackling can be found on USA Football's “Heads Up Football” program and video series.
In collaboration with the NFL, the program promotes:
- Coaching education on concussion awareness and “Heads Up Tackling”
- Proper equipment fitting
- Recommended standards for parents, coaches, and football leagues
To help reinforce this message of safe tackling, UPMC Sports Medicine and the Pittsburgh Steelers distributed posters and concussion education materials to high school, middle school, and youth football leagues throughout western Pennsylvania.
Learn more to prevent head injuries on the field