With the Super Bowl coming to town this week, roughly 50 youth football players from the Indianapolis area took part in a health and safety football clinic yesterday, put on by the National Football League and USA Football.
This marked the first time the NFL combined their player health and safety message with a more traditional youth football clinic, according to a spokesperson from the NFL.
The youth players got a chance to run around the field and strut their moves, of course, but they also received lessons on concussion awareness, the importance of hydration, and helmet fitting. A group of players from the Indianapolis Colts, along with Dan Gronkowski of the Cleveland Browns (brother of Rob Gronkowski, the tight end for the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots), were on hand at the event.
USA Football also awarded new equipment to the Whiteland Junior Football League, where some of the youth players at the event play.
For those students not lucky enough to attend the clinic in Indianapolis yesterday, the player health and safety message will still reach them over this upcoming weekend.
The NFL, in another first-ever moment, will devote 60 seconds of air time during the Super Bowl to player safety,
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.