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Report: Two-year study on youth football safety released 

USA Football has released findings from a two-year study to advance player health and safety in organized youth tackle football. The study, which encompassed more than 4,000 players ages 5-14, documented player health ... Read more »

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Heat preparedness starts in practice
Record temperatures across the nation are being set this summer.

Make sure your coaches know how to help players handle the heat and stay hydrated.



Injuries Uncommon in Youth Football,

Mayo Clinic Study Reports

Courtesy of Mayo Clinic Proceedings

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- A Mayo Clinic study of youth football showed that most injuries that occurred were mild, older players appeared to be at a higher risk and that no significant correlation exists between body weight and injury.

The study, which appears in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that the data for athletes grades four through eight indicated that the risk of injury in youth football does not appear greater than the risk associated with other recreational or competitive sports.

"Our analysis showed that youth football injuries are uncommon," said Michael J. Stuart, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and the principal author of the study.

Dr. Stuart and his colleagues studied 915 players aged 9 to 13 years, who participated on 42 football teams in the fall of 1997. Injury incidence, prevalence and severity were calculated for each grade level and player position. Additional analyses examined the number of injuries according to body weight.

A game injury was defined as any football-related ailment that occurred on the field during a game that kept a player out of competition for the reminder of the game, required the attention of a physician, and included all concussion, lacerations, as well as dental, eye and nerve injuries. The researchers found a total of 55 injuries occurred in games during the season a prevalence of six percent. Incidence of injury expressed as injury per 1,000 player-plays was lowest in the fourth grade (.09 percent), increased for the fifth, sixth and seventh grades (.16 percent, .16 percent, .15 percent respectively) and was highest in the eighth grade (.33 percent). Most of the injuries were mild and the most common type was a contusion, which occurred in 33 players. Four injuries (fractures involving the ankle growth plate) were such that they prevented players from participating for the rest of the season. No player required hospitalization or surgery. The studys authors said risk increases with level of play (grade in school) and player age. Older players in the higher grades are more susceptible to football injuries. The risk of injury for an eighth-grade player was four times greater than the risk of injury for a fourth-grade player. Potential contributing factors include increased size, strength, speed and aggressiveness. Analysis of body weight indicated that lighter players were not at increased risk for injury, and in fact heavier players had a slightly higher prevalence of injury. This trend was not statistically significant. Running backs are at greater risk when compared with other football positions, the researchers reported.

Other authors who contributed to the study include: Michael A. Morrey, Ph.D., Aynsley M. Smith, RN, Ph.D., John K. Meis, M.S., all from the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and Cedric J. Ortiguera, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings is a peer-reviewed and indexed general internal medicine journal, published for 75 years by Mayo Foundation, with a circulation of 130,000 nationally and internationally.




To: All GEYF Participants, Parents, and Coaches,


From: Ron White

Executive Director GEYF


Subject:  League Directive (Medical Treatment Clarification)



In the event of game time injury or illness GEYF participants will be both medically assessed and monitored by certified medical staff provided my Golden Empire Youth Tackle Football and Cheer. Throughout the medical assessment and monitoring process, GEYF Medical Staff will have sole authority as to determine a participant’s fitness to return to the action (football or cheer). Any coach who attempts to impede the medical assessment or monitoring process will be relieved of his or her duties immediately.


It is important to note that not even a child’s parent or guardian will be allowed to determine whether or not a GEYF participant can return to game action (football or cheer) once GEYF Medical Staff has ruled that participant ineligible to return. Any parent, guardian, and or individual attempting to impede the medical assessment or monitoring process will be removed from the league permanently.


First and foremost, Golden Empire Youth Tackle Football and Cheer is dedicated to the safety and security of all it participants, family members, friends, and volunteers. As an organization we take extreme measures to ensure everyone is safe and your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.






H1N1 virus notes from Dr Oz


The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know:
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. 
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu): 

  1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications.      

  2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe..) 

  3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don't trust salt).  *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method. 

  4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.* 

  5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption. 

  6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.









Facial Muscle Impairment

Ringing of Ears

Generalized Fatigue

Personality Changes

Decreased Thinking Skill



Vision Impairments

Anything Unusual




Rule Out Neck Injury

Remove From Play

Refer to appropriate Medical Staff as soon as possible

Avoid Medications: They may mask or worsen condition





What parents and coaches need to know about

Youth Football and the Heat!! 


When football season starts in Bakersfield, local youth will be playing in very hot and often humid conditions. Coaches and parents should know that athletes need access to water. Water is the most important hydrating element you can provide. Players need to be able to drink whenever they want. An athlete must continue to hydrate so that they don’t get thirsty. If you are thirsty, you are already behind in water consumption and getting into a potentially problematic situation.


Remember, water is not a reward, it is essential…




  • Always start the session with warm up exercises.

  • Ensure the inhaler is taken beforehand.

  • Ensure that you always have your inhaler handy with you.

  • Try to avoid things that trigger asthma eg pollen, smoke.

  • If asthma symptoms are seen while playing, ensure that you stop playing and take the reliever inhaler.

  •  Ensure that you start playing only when you feel better.

  • Always end your football session with cool down exercises.


How to Identify an Asthma Emergency


Most asthma attacks start out slowly (over hours or days), building gradually before symptoms reach emergency status. But sometimes sudden attacks occur. Asthma symptoms can become life threatening, requiring immediate medical attention. Contact your doctor or go directly to the emergency department of the nearest hospital if you experience:


  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or tightness in the chest that does not respond to inhaled or oral medications

  • Difficulty talking

  • Rapid or shallow breathing

  • Flared and enlarged nostrils

  • Tightly-pulled skin in the neck area and/or around the rib cage with each breath

  • A gray, dusky, or bluish skin color, beginning around the mouth or under the fingernails

  • A peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) that falls 50 percent below your target PEFR or that falls into the danger zone as determined by your physician

Work with your doctor to develop a personalized asthma management plan that explains what to do when asthma symptoms worsen and learn to recognize the early signs of an attack. The sooner medications are started, the easier it is to reverse an episode.


How to Identify an Anaphylaxis Emergency


Anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, can be caused by insect stings, latex, foods, and medications. An anaphylactic response occurs rapidly, often beginning within seconds or minutes of exposure to the allergen.


Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:

  • Tingling sensation and/or itching

  • Hives

  • Swelling of throat and mouth

  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting

  • Sudden feeling of weakness (indicating a drop in blood pressure)

  • Disorientation

  • Collapse and unconsciousness

If you suspect anaphylaxis:

  • Don’t delay - call emergency services or 9-1-1 and get treatment immediately.

  • Help the patient lie down on his back and elevate the feet higher than the head. Try to keep him from moving unnecessarily.

  • If prescribed by your physician, administer an EpiPen® or EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector.

  • Keep the patient warm and comfortable. Loosen tight clothing and cover him with a blanket. Do not give the patient anything to drink.

What to Do Until Paramedics Arrive


So you’ve called 9-1-1 . . . now what?


  • First, remain calm. Stay with the patient, offering support and encouragement that help is on the way.

  • Follow the asthma management plan as prescribed by your physician (such as using a nebulizer or metered-dose inhaler in case of an emergency).

  • If it is nighttime, turn on an outside light to help guide emergency personnel to your door.

  • Have a written copy of the patient’s asthma management plan available, as well as a list of all medications currently being taken.

  • If younger siblings are at home, make arrangements to have them stay with a neighbor or friend if necessary.

  • Take a deep breath and try to stay calm.


What you should know about MRSA and Sports


Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Outbreaks of skin infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been increasingly reported in sports teams including football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball and rowing teams. The athletic department, coach, trainers, and athletes share responsibility and must work together to ensure prevention and control of these skin infections.


To read more about what you can do to help prevent the spread of MRSA  


click here for English

click here for Spanish



What we all need to know about concussions


Although concussions are rare at the youth football level, we should all be aware of what a concussion is and what causes it.

The brain is made of soft tissue and is cushioned by spinal fluid. It is encased in the hard, protective skull. When a person gets a head injury, the brain can slosh around inside the skull and even bang against it. This can lead to bruising of the brain, tearing of blood vessels, and injury to the nerves. When this happens, a person can get a concussion – a temporary loss of normal brain function. Most people with concussions recover just fine with appropriate treatment. But it’s important to take proper steps if you suspect a concussion because it can be serious.


What are the signs and symptoms?


The signs of concussion are not always well recognized and because of that, people may put themselves at risk for another injury by returning to action before they have been properly diagnosed.     


Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • “Seeing stars”

  • Trouble remembering things, such as what happened directly before and after the injury occurred

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision and sensitivity to light

  • Slurred speech or saying things that don’t make sense

  • Difficulty concentrating or balance

  • Feeling anxious or irritable for no apparent reason

  • Feeling overly tired.

Preventing Concussions


Some accidents can’t be avoided. But you can do a lot to prevent a concussion by taking simple precautions in situations where you might injure your head.  Wearing the appropriate headgear and safety equipment when playing contact sports can significantly reduce your chances of having a concussion.


Preventing concussions is mostly common sense. The best thing you can do to protect your head is to use it!










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