Deion Sanders, who’s committed to helping youth through his academic and Christian-based select sports programs, believes the threat of concussions has been overstated.
He’ll be in town this weekend to host registration for his football and cheerleader programs in Snellville and Jonesboro.
Sanders believes that if youth players are taught properly, they will know not to use their heads and helmets to strike. Upon his retirement, he saw the poor youth coaching, most times by fathers, who never played the game, and that gave him the impetus to start T.R.U.T.H. Select Youth Sports in Dallas.
He’s set to expand here with youth football and cheerleading tryouts set for Saturday and Sunday for ages 7-14 (football) and ages 5-14 (cheerleading). On Saturday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., tryouts will be held at Shiloh Athletic Association in Snellville. On Sunday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., tryouts will be held at Tara Stadium in Jonesboro.
Sanders’ youth model calls for good coaches and state-of-the-art equipment to combat the threat of head injuries.
“I don’t believe that’s valid, everything they are talking about with the concussion issue,” Sanders said. “Also, we have taken extra precautions because we have some of the best coaches, which means they are some of the best teachers. Our coaches will teach them how to tackle, how to block and how to conduct different drills. We are not going to line up people 50 miles apart and let them collide.”
Sanders points out that his teams wear the new Xenith helmets aimed at reducing head injuries.
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sustained at least six concussions during his playing career and works with Xenith, which created a football helmet that uses 12 to 18 shock absorbers that act as airbags for the head.
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