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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
When it comes to football there's no better place to learn the tricks of the trade than the Chiefs Training Center, but Tuesday it was kids and coaches taking part in a critical safety clinic.
The Heads Up clinic at Arrowhead aims to teach parents, coaches and kids how to keep from getting a concussion, a common injury that can be detrimental to the well-being of a child.
"What we're trying to avoid is that direct contact with the head, and the wrong orientation that generates the concussion. So going head down, head-to-head is how you really get the most force generated and can cause the concussions that we're finding out more and more about in sports," said Dr. Stephen Lauer with the University of Kansas Hospital.
Lauer said it's not the first concussion they worry about the most because those usually heal fine. But successive concussions can cause damage that's irreversible, and that's something no helmet can prevent.
"Football helmets, the best way I've heard it described, were really designed to prevent skull fractures. There's really nothing to prevent concussions because concussion is the movement of the brain inside the skull when you get hit. There's no helmet that's going to prevent that," he said.
The Heads Up clinic teaches ways to keep a child safe and it's taught by players themselves, along with medical professionals. Doctors said, while coaches and teachers are embracing the advice, it's the fathers who are coaches, who offer a bit of resistance, because some of them find it hard to let go of the "good old days."
"Just the idea that, ‘well you just got your bell run, don't worry about it, get out there and play.' The whole culture that you don't report that, you just tough it out, really is a dangerous approach to things," Lauer said.
When it comes to concussions, it's actually a myth people should try to keep a victim from falling asleep.
Click here for more than a dozen myths on concussion from the University of Kansas Hospital.
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