F.A.S.T. Clinics working on making Texas high school football safer

Making high school football safer

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Over 350 High School Football coaches from our region were in Lubbock Wednesday night learning new tackling techniques to implement next season. It’s through the F.A.S.T Clinic put on by the Texas High School Coaches Association and the UIL to make the game safer. THSCA Executive Director Joe Martin says coaches are learning the new tackling techniques.

“All of the football Coaches in the State of Texas, 7-12, have to be tackle certified by August first. It’s an attempt to help us save the game and make the game safer.”

The new tackling techniques will take leading with the head out of tackling. THSCA Assistant Executive Director Glen West was impressed that 55% of the High School Coaches in our region were on hand to get certified with the safer way to tackle.

“It really warms my heart to see the dedication and how these coaches really care about their athletes and they’re here doing something new and totally radical. It’s keeping the head out of the tackle. It’s a shoulder tackle. It’s the way it was done back before they had face masks. Back in the leather helmet days. It’s still a very powerful tackle. You don’t lead with your head.”

LISD Athletic Director Mike Meeks wants parents to know that the safety of their children is the number one priority.

“We want our parents to know that our coaches are certified. Football has been under attack the last few years with all the concussion information that’s out. We’re doing everything we can to protect the game.

There are five F.A.S.T. Clinics across the State and by the end of the summer 23,000 Texas High School Football Coaches will be teaching to lead with your shoulder and not your head.

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