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DOVE VALLEY, Colo. — USA Football is helping players stay safe, by holding a series of coaching clinics in cities across America. The goal, to impart the latest information about new equipment, concussions, and ways to play the game safely.

“Our goal is make the game as safe as we can,” said Legacy head coach, Wayne Voorehees. “We hope our lessons to coaches will filter down to players and parents.”

At Dove Valley, coaches got tips on new ways to tackle and block, as well as the newest info on keeping kids heads up, when playing the game. One major problem for inner city teams is getting rid of 10 to 15 year old helmets that are handed down over the years.

“We once gave 40 helmets to the Denver Police Athletic League for recertification and got only six back which were said to be safe,” said Larry Lopez with the Denver Redskins club. “What they don’t understand is that kids from low income families don’t have the extra funds coming in to buy the latest and safest gear.”

While that remains a major problem, kids still play, but there needs to be fundraisers to help clubs get kids the best and safest gear they can to cut down on injuries at the youth level, which will have a big impact on how far they can take their football careers.