Concussion Prevention Clinic held at Chargers Park for local high school, Pop Warner coaches

80 coaches attend clinic

SAN DIEGO - Coaches are usually the ones standing on the sidelines making sure your kids are safe, but Saturday they were on the field learning the techniques to prevent injuries, specifically concussions.

It is something El Capitan High School football coach John Burn knows about all too well. A concussion kept his son from playing the entire season.

"It's important to teach these kids how to do it the right way and be safe. Otherwise, we're not going to have a game of football," said Burn.

The Chargers teamed up with USA Football to reach out to a group of 80 local high school and Pop Warner coaches, raising awareness about an injury that is at the center of nearly 300 lawsuits involving nearly 5,000 players in the NFL.

Coaches received hands-on training on what to look for and how to teach kids about the threat of concussions.

Another part of the clinic revolved around equipment and making sure shoulder pads and helmets fit properly. It was just one of the issues discussed in the classroom session.

The class also comes as California lawmakers are pushing to limit the amount of full contact practice time for high school kids, which Burn says is already being enforced at most schools.

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