OMAHA (KPTM) - Practice time for youth football players now means learning about "Heads Up Tackling."
A new effort is underway in the metro to teach kids to lead with their shoulders and chest, instead of their crown. It's an approach getting a local boost from Danny Noonan; a former Cornhusker turned youth football ambassador.
"If we can make it a safer game and if we can make it a game where people can enjoy for the rest of their lives, then that's what we're here to do," said Noonan.
Other means of protection, however, don't come cheap. Walk around any sporting goods store and you'll find shoulder pads and jerseys tagged at anywhere between $75 and $100 combined with good helmets an additional $100.
"Helmets are your most important piece of equipment, so they are a little bit more expensive because of the work they do to protect you," said Chris Jensen, a retail manager.
Back on the field, however, "Heads Up Tackling" is a way for coaches to add an extra layer of protection at no extra cost. They believe if it can make the game safer, then it's priceless.
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