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Sideline Coverage of Youth Football

Rizzone, Katie MD; Diamond, Alex DO; Gregory, Andrew MD, FACSM

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May/June 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 143–149
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182955d1c
Sideline and Event Management: Section Articles

Youth football is a popular sport in the United States and has been for some time. There are currently more than 3 million participants in youth football leagues according to USA Football. While the number of participants and overall injuries may be higher in other sports, football has a higher rate of injuries. Most youth sporting events do not have medical personnel on the sidelines in event of an injury or emergency. Therefore it is necessary for youth sports coaches to undergo basic medical training in order to effectively act in these situations. In addition, an argument could be made that appropriate medical personnel should be on the sideline for collision sports at all levels, from youth to professional. This article will discuss issues pertinent to sideline coverage of youth football, including coaching education, sideline personnel, emergency action plans, age and size divisions, tackle versus flag football, and injury prevention.

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, Medical Center East, Nashville, TN

Address for correspondence: Andrew Gregory, MD, FACSM, Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, MCE, South Tower, Ste. 3200, 1215 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37232; E-mail:

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