Hundreds of kids learn more about football safety at Broncos stadium

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DENVER -- Brain injury and concussions related to football continue to headline the news.  On Sunday, hundreds of local kids filled Sports Authority Field at Mile High and got a chance to learn a bit more about safety on the gridiron and a helmet that could make a difference.

Tom Chesson with Sports Authority said, “We’re really focused on player safety,” adding, “They're learning some of the basics skills on tackling and concussion awareness."

Awareness is what brought mom Juli Hurley out.

"That's their future you're talking about, their heads, their bodies. It's absolutely number one top priority to keep them safe on the field," she said.

Hurley has four boys and they love football. She says her job is to make sure they’re taken care of. Part of that is a proper helmet fitting. "This was really helpful to see exactly how we should wear it, what size, everything."

Riddell Sports is hoping their new Speedflex helmet will decrease head injuries. "We basically designed this whole helmet to be able to flex with impacts and help extenuate that energy and really disperse it," said Drew Tryner with Riddell.

That’s something Broncos safety Charles Mitchell knows all about. He had a concussion in college.

:You think you alright, you staying out there," he said. "Then you come to the sideline and your stomach starts hurting, you feel like you gotta throw up."

Mitchell says he never wants another concussion and is glad that things have changed so much since he first started playing the game.

"All my pads, when I first started, they were too big for me,” he said. “It’s definitely changed a lot."

 

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