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Football programs searching for ways to protect players from head injuries

From city leagues to the NFL, the danger of concussions has football programs at all levels looking for ways to protect their players.
   
One high school coach is working to make the game safer.
Here in Northwest Florida some say we have two seasons hurricane and football. The Pine Forest Eagles will play their pre-season game on Thursday. It will the first time a big hit could happen.

Like any great coach Jerry Pollard is all about precision and bringing home a win. But staying competitive and making his way to play offs could be difficult if the team loses any of its members to an injury- especially a concussion.

After returning from a conference in Tallahassee, where the main topic was concussions, Coach Pollard says he learned a lot about new research surrounding head injuries in athletics.

He learned just how important it is for his players to- not lead with their heads. In the past so much of the focus has been on treating a player 'after' a big hit.  But new research shows there are steps coaches can take 'before' a big hit.

And so far the Pine Forest Eagles are adapting well to tackling safety measures. There are even new tests that must be done on their helmets.

John Cooper- Football Player
"Make sure the equipment is right, stay hydrated, go 100 percent and you wont get hurt."

Kevin Atwood- Football Player
"Concussions I try to protect myself and do what coaches teach me."

Kalie Desimone
Some schools across the country will do pre-concussion tests. Escambia County School District doesn't but the coach says he thinks that step will be coming in the near future.

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