UNDATED – Football season is getting underway, as is a statewide campaign promoting safety on the gridiron.
Beginning this week, high school football teams will be wearing stickers promoting the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association and their campaign to keep football safe.
In Northeast Nebraska, Faith Regional Health Services Hospital is doing their part, providing eight certified athletic trainers to 13 schools for training services both during the game and at practice.
“I think the coaches appreciate our presence,” says Bob Sullivan, ATC-LAT with FRHS. “It allows them to focus more on practice itself, which is where their expertise is. They don’t have to worry about treating any injuries on the side.”
The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 2007, over 920,000 athletes under the age of 18 were hospitalized with football-related injuries.