Mt. Lebanon Football Association
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Safety is the utmost priority for the Mt. Lebanon Football Association. We are committed to creating a safe and structured environment for our practices and games. We have a proven methodology for teaching safe tackling and an exceptional track record when it comes to injuries, including concussions.
No catastrophic injuries have occurred in the history of the MLFA and we have historically seen 1-2 concussions per year across all three leagues – this includes an average of 10 MLFA teams playing full-contact football against each other in camps, practices and games from August thru the end of October.
For the 2014 season, the MLFA is partnering with USA Football and their Heads Up Tackling program. We are asking our coaches to take the Heads Up tackle certification that includes safety and concussion awareness components as well as equipment fitting and heat & hydration preparedness. This is the extra step the MLFA is willing to take create the safest possible playing environment for your child.
Below are two videos providing an overview of the Heads Up Tackling Program and how it is taught:
The Heads Up Tackling Approach:
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Overview of the USA Football Heads Up Tackling Program:
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Obviously, we’re admittedly proud of our well documented safety record, especially considering that the concussion rates in the MLFA are lower than many other youth sports in the same age range. SINCE THE MFLA BEGAN CAREFULLY RECORDING INJURIES FIVE SEASON AGO, LESS THAN 1% OF ALL PLAYERS EXPERIENCE A CONCUSSION FROM FOOTBALL The concussion rates in the MLFA are lower than many other youth sports in the same age range.
We keep a close eye on injuries and track all potential concussions and follow up with our parents at the end of the year to check if they feel the our approach is safe. Our year-end survey tells us that 95% of parents feel our approach is safe.