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Big Ten teams with youth for sports safety

On August 19, the Big Ten Conference announced a partnership with USA Football in order to promote safety in the sport for the nearly 2,800 youth playing the sport across the country who have committed to the program. The Heads Up program is aimed at making the game safer and more beneficial for young athletes playing sports.

The program will feature five primary elements, including coaching certification, tackling techniques, concussion recognition and response, and equipment fitting.

"It is extremely important to promote the proper instruction of tackling at all levels to ensure the well-being of young athletes as well as our student-athletes - nothing is more important than their health," Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner, said. "Heads Up Football reflects the innovation that is woven into football's heritage by changing for the better how our game is played and taught."

This is a huge step for youth, as professional football is rough and many believe it doesn't set a good example to kids playing the sport today. As rules in the NFL continue to change in order to protect players, it brings hope to those who begin playing the sport at a young age and look to the professionals as their heroes.

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