Safety in Football Campaign
Each year we seem to hear more and more about injuries in the sport of football. Concerns about concussions, head and neck injuries, and rare fatalities have brought nationwide attention to the safety of the sport. Therefore, as a part of a Washington- state-wide effort, Whitworth University, along with the Washington State Athletic Trainers' Association, are sponsoring a "Safety in Football Campaign" in order to shares tips and directions on how your teams can improve safety, lessen the risks of injury, and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.
As Whitworth hits the field on September 15th vs Chapman University, Whitworth University and the Washington State Athletic Trainers Association are inviting you to follow along throughout the game on www.whitworthpirates.com and in the bleachers to learn how athletic trainers and schools/universities in Washington are making football safer for athletes each and every day. In addition, Whitworth, along with numerous high schools and other Washington universities will be donning a small helmet sticker on the back of each player's helmet. The sticker represents the cumulative efforts of these schools and the universities towards improving safety in youth football in the state of Washington.
At Whitworth, our athletic training staff provides excellence in sports medicine healthcare for the student-athletes. Specializing in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions, the athletic training staff works every day to ensure for the safety and well-being of Whitworth's student-athletes. On a daily basis, the athletic training plays a vital part in keeping student-athletes healthy and safe. For more information on how you can keep your athletes safe, visit the Washington State Athletic Trainers' Association website at www.wsata.org.
Athletes who participate in football have increased self-esteem, lower dropout rates in school, and demonstrate a stronger involvement in their school and community. Whitworth University is excited to take the lead in this effort, along with the Washington State Athletic Trainers' Association, to help every football team in Washington identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.
You can also follow Whitworth Sports Medicine on Instagram (@whitworthsportsmedicine) and Twitter (@WhitworthAT)