Clinic hopes to change the culture of football after high-profile accident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A handful of youth football coaches from across the region came to Kansas City to take lessons and a message back to their teams: football is supposed to be fun and safe.

USA Football held a clinic on Saturday at the Chiefs practice facilities to re-teach techniques down to the tackle with safer positions to minimize injuries. They also taught concussion protocol for coaches to be able to more easily spot a concussion on the field.

Program officials admit they started reevaluating the way football was played a few years ago after a series of high-profile injuries including local high school player Nathan Stiles. He died in 2010 after injuries he got on the field.

Nathan's parents donated his brain to medical research and have always hoped his story would save lives.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments