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SMARTER FOOTBALL

WHAT IS SMARTER FOOTBALL?

The future of football is now. Athletes are bigger, faster, stronger. Equipment is sleeker, more innovative, more protective. Collectively, through innovation and athletic evolution, the game of football is getting better, safer and smarter.

The Riddell Smarter Football campaign is a nationwide initiative to get athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, equipment managers, parents, fans... the entire football community, to proclaim, through an online commitment, his or her support towards advancing the game.

Let's move the game of football forward. Together. 

COMMIT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Riddell’s Smarter Football Commitment is your chance to commit to an improved playing field for all. To show your support, simply click on the “Click to Commit” button to the right. 

Once you’ve submitted, share your committment with your friends by using #SmarterFootball and tagging @RiddellSports

2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to the Juniata Thundercats, Boyne City Ramblers, 101 Warriors, Jensen Beach Falcons, Natick Redhawks, Ypsilanti Panthers and Pioneer Titans as our 2015 Smarter Football Grant recipients!

Thank you again to all those who took the time to commit to Smarter Football and submit for a grant. We are extermely encouraged by the ongoing efforts from fans, parents, coaches and players who are dedicated to making the sport safer both on and off the field. We hope you maintain your support of smarter football and continue working alongside the broader football community to push the game forward.

Be sure to follow us on social media to be the first to know about the 2016 Smarter Football Program. For information on how teams were selected, please review our FAQ document posted to the right. 

#SMARTERFOOTBALL

FITTING INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that must be taken seriously. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreational activity. That is why all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. Below you will find information detailing concussion recognition, management and prevention.

For more information please visit this website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Concussion in Sports

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS1

WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?

SIGNS OBSERVED BY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS

  • Appears dazed or stunned 
  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Is confused about assignment or position 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Forgets sports plays 
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent 
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Moves clumsily 
  • Sensitivity to light

SIGNS OBSERVED BY ATHLETE

  • Answers questions slowly 
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly) 
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Shows behavior or personality changes 
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall 
  • Confusion
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall 
  • Does not “feel right”
  1. Make sure the coach or parent is notified.
  2. Athlete should avoid play immediately.
  3. Seek medical attention right away.
  4. Understand that it is not smart to play with a concussion.
  5. Make sure the coach and school nurse are notified and are updated on the athlete’s  medical status.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports”, A Fact Sheet for Athletes. Available here.

PREVENTION AND PREPARATION

PROPER FIT IS ESSENTIAL FOR A PLAYER'S COMFORT & PROTECTION

It is important that you practice and play sensibly, and as always, teach or utilize proper form and head positioning when participating in football contact. A properly fitted helmet does not prevent the serious head or neck injuries a player might receive while participating in football.

DOWNLOAD RIDDELL FITTING GUIDES
Helmet Fitting Guides
Varsity Shoulder Pads

FITTING INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

SMARTER FOOTBALL

Riddell's Smarter Football Commitment is your chance to commit to a smarter, safer playing field for all.

Showcase your support and share with your friends on social media by using #Smarterfootball and tagging @Riddellsports.

COMMIT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Riddell’s Smarter Football Commitment is your chance to commit to an improved playing field for all. To show your support, simply click on the “Click to Commit” button to the right. 

Once you’ve submitted, share your committment with your friends by using #SmarterFootball and tagging @RiddellSports

GRANT APPLICATION

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