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High school football takes notice of professional problem

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- One of the most violent Sundays in pro-football history is leading to changes in the enforcement of helmet-to-helmet hits.

From the NFL to high school football, concussions do not discriminate. That's why every coach makes it a priority to teach his players the right way to tackle and play the game safely.

East High Head Football Coach, Kody Asmus begins teaching his players the right way to play the game before they even strap on the pads.

"I think only when injuries occur is when you really sit back and say man I really got to make sure I'm doing things right and as coaches teaching everything right because that is one thing you hate to see for an athlete to have to go through that, let alone it be someone or your team or someone from another team," said Asmus.

Asmus also says his preventive measures begin in the weight room during the summer by having his player build muscle in the shoulders and neck, but also having them focus on flexibility.

Then on the practice field they go through the fundamentals of tackling.

"We always teach them anytime you're tackling is to see what you're hitting. We really try to stress that the helmet can be used as a weapon for one part of the game, but also can be used as a protective cautionary device to prevent head and neck injuries," said Asmus.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons an estimated 300,000 football players across the United States sustain a concussion each year.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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