Kids learn how to keep their bodies healthy while playing sports

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – On Saturday over a 100 kids spent the day learning how to be safe while playing a sport they love.

“Full speed, full speed,” a football coach said.

The game of football especially at a youth level has been under scrutiny in the past regarding taking steps to limit concussions and other injuries.

Coach yelled, “If you’re practicing hitting high, when you get in the game you will hit high and you will get put out the game.”

Coaches spent the morning teaching young football players the correct way to play the sport.

“You have to wear a helmet so you it doesn’t damage your head,” first-year football player Joshua Shiver said.

The Youth Safety Sports Clinic though the PAL program and Vidant Health provides opportunities for both children and their parents to learn safety tips and how to tell if you have a concussion.”

“We are giving them some really great tools, to help them though out their life,” Vidant’s Injury Prevention Coordinator LaTangee Knight explained.

Football coach and parent William Brown said, “Before the concussion training, I use to go out there and be like boy you fine and this and that but actually going through the training and realizing how serious it is gives me a different perspective on concussions.”

It’s wasn’t just football. Cheerleaders also practiced the correct way to jump and hit all the moves.

Organizers hope the kids will always remember the signs of a concussion, to always to drink plenty of liquids, and make sure to heal your injuries.

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