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Football coaches converge in BA for safety training

A two-day camp on proper tackling techniques, heat and hydration, and recognizing the signs of a concussion. (Norris/ KTUL)

It starts in the classroom and ends on the field at Broken Arrow High School.

A two-day camp on proper tackling techniques, heat and hydration, and recognizing the signs of a concussion.

They call it USA Football Heads Up Coaches Safety Clinic, and dozens of coaches from across Oklahoma were there to learn what they could.

Master Trainer Roy Thompson with USA Football is in town to teach.

The coaches range from youth leagues all the way up to high school.

But it's not just about teaching coaches.

"We want coaches to understand what a good tackle looks like, and what a good block looks like. But then, we want them to go out and educate parents, so parents know when their kids are making a proper tackle and using proper techniques," said Thompson.

Second-grade football coach at Catoosa Elementary, Dale Zerbe, said this kind of training is long over due.

"It's a lot better than what we did when we were kids, because it was mostly, hit, hit, hit. Knock them down and go. Now, you get a lot of techniques in here," said Zerbe.

Thompson said the workshop is intense, but worth every minute.

"We want to make sure that everyone knows what good fundamentals look like," said Thompson.

The workshop ends Sunday afternoon.

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