Football Safety Measures

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Rochester Falcons Football – Risk Management Measures

Participation in interscholastic athletics includes the risk of injury. While it is impossible to eliminate this risk, participants have the responsibility to help reduce the chance of injury.  Players must obey all safety rules, inspect their equipment daily, follow conditioning instructions and report all physical ailments to their coaches and athletic trainer.

The following measures are in place to aid in managing injury risk for our football players:

Certified Athletic Trainer: In conjunction with Crittenton Hospital, an athletic trainer is in attendance at all games and most practices, serving as the medically trained first responder for the athletic department. In the event of an injury, the trainer will assess the injury and decide whether further medical attention is required.  Return to play from injury is coordinated through the trainer and the athlete’s physician.

MHSAA Heat and Humidity Policy (2013): This policy, adopted by the MHSAA in 2013, provides steps for managing heat and humidity during practices and contests.

MHSAA Football Practice Policy (2014): Prior to the first contest, schools may not schedule more than one “collision” (game speed contact) practice per day. After the first regular season game, schools may schedule no more than two “collision” practices per week.  Limits on the duration of practices are also followed.

Proper Helmet Fitting: Helmets are properly fitted for each player when distributed.

Equipment Reconditioning:  Shoulder pads and helmets are inspected and reconditioned/re-certified annually by a NOCSAE licensed reconditioning vendor.  If the equipment does not pass inspection, the items are rejected for further use.

Football Helmet Shelf Life:  The industry standard for football helmet shelf life is 10 years.

Purchase of New Equipment: At least 10-12 new helmets are purchased every year. Shoulder pads are also purchased on a needs basis of rejection by Riddell

CPR Training/AED: All Varsity head coaches are CPR certified. The school has two AED’s available in the athletic area.

Proper Tackling Techniques: Coaches teach the proper method of tackling, utilizing the Heads Up Tackling techniques