DENVER — Concussions are on the minds of nearly all parents of football players, which is why the Denver Broncos invited a group of 200 mothers into Sports Authority Field on Wednesday.
The action on the field was filled with a lot more laughter than a typical practice, but the women in attendance for the first-ever Mom’s Football Safety Clinic were also there to learn.
“I think it’s a huge win to really learn from the best,” said Diana Cillessen, Team Mom for the Arvada Razorbacks. “And to be proactive versus reactive.”
Cillessen was one of the 200 women who turned out for the safety clinic, and the topic that brought most of them out was concussions.
“I think about (concussions) a lot,” said Dawn Brown, Team Mom for the Colorado Springs Wardogs. “I try to buy the newest helmet, the latest technology, but if they learn the right technique it’s supposed to be really helpful too.”
The women learned that technique, known as Heads Up Football, which is designed to reduce the risk of a head injury.
In addition, the mom’s also learned how to properly fit a helmet from the Broncos head equipment manager. Medical professionals also held sessions on proper hydration and concussion recognition and treatment.
“It’s really on the forefront of the parents’ minds,” said Lisa Gillest, Team Mom for the Arvada Razorbacks.
The hope is that the clinic will help ease their minds.
“The coaches get to do stuff like this and get to know a lot of information that the team mom’s don’t necessarily get to know,” said Michaela Cotton, Team Mom for the Aurora Cardinals. “I think it’s a good opportunity for us to be more involved.”
For more information on the Heads Up Football click here.