OSU, NFL Team Up on Campus to Educate Moms on Football Safety
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 11:08 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- Growing concerns for the safety of young football players have led the NFL and OSU to team up to educate mothers on the best ways to reduce injuries.
OSU head coach Urban Meyer hosted a three hour safety clinic at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Thursday.
Approximately 500 mothers attended the clinic, where they were able to ask Coach Meyer , NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and other experts questions about heat, hydration, nutrition, and equipment.
Goodell encouraged the moms to "get involved" with their children's teams by learning "how to play the game safely, and how to use the right technique."
Meyer acknowledged the safety concerns associated with football, but believes the positive aspects of the game outweigh the risks.
"You can have [children] sit at home all day on the couch all day, but I would rather they play sports.”
More than 17 million American children -- from peewee to high school -- play football in the U.S.