Coaches train on preventing sports injuries

Football is months away, but school leaders are already talking safety. Even the White House hosted a "safe sports summit." {}Wednesday night the Jefferson Shelby Youth Football League is focusing on preventing injuries. Local orthopedic surgeons say in baseball alone, they see 15-20 players per week that require some type of evaluation or surgery. In football, that number climbs even higher.{} Every year more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger are treated for sports related injuries including concussions, torn ACLs, fractures and heat related injuries. Local physicians are finding the ages of children with sports injuries - are getting younger. {}"Really trying to educate coaches overall that these injuries - things to be aware of cold related illnesses, come the later parts of the season, October, November, December when everyone is going to playoffs and then it picks back up in the Spring again," Brian Boyls White, an athletic trainer said.The Jefferson Shelby Youth Football League is helping coaches know how to prevent problems before they arise. Just last Fall during week seven, a player got a concussion during the game between Hillcrest and Hoover high. The two biggest times of the football season prone to injury - right at the beginning of Summer practice when players are excited about the new season and at the end of the season. {}"Towards the end of the season, kids are getting tired, it's been a long season," Scott Verner, President, Jefferson Shelby Youth Football League said. "If they're not paying attention something can happen."Coaches with young team members say this type of training is critical."To make sure we're aware of concussions and what to look for as far as warning signs so that if we have a kid that is injured we can pull him out of the game or put him on the sideline and make sure he gets medical attention," Scott McKeen, Briarwood 3rd-6th grade coach said.Here are links to websites on sports injuries: