Perk Valley Coach Plays Key Role for USA Football, Helps Emphasize Player Safety at Clinic in New Jersey

Heads Up Tackle
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Don Lindberger, a football coach at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, was one of 17 coaches to attend USA Football’s Player Safety Coach Clinic recently held at Upper Township Middle School in Woodbine, N.J., writes Erin Grugan for the Press of Atlantic City.

The goal of the clinic, one of many across the country, is to teach and certify local coaches in the Heads Up program. This is the safety regulation system endorsed by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Lindberger, who is a USA Football master trainer, was responsible for teaching the youth trainers in areas such as safety techniques and proper equipment settings.

“It’s so important to start these things as soon as the kids take the field,” he said.

Upper Township Football Association Vice President Larry Cole’s program started incorporating Heads Up last season. It’s already showing significant results with only two in-season concussions suffered by players, as opposed to eight to ten in previous seasons.

“It’s unbelievably important for these kids to develop the mentality of safer play,” Cole said. “The proper techniques will give these young players confidence when they take the field. That’s what we’re trying to do, build confidence back into the sport.”

Read more about the clinic in the Press of Atlantic City by clicking here.