The Moms Football Safety Clinic is an interactive and educational forum designed to educate moms about how the game is played safer and better than ever before. The clinic provided an opportunity for moms to hear from leading medical experts, learn USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique, and engage other moms on issues of mutual interest regarding youth sports safety.
The event was hosted by Titans Co-Chairmen Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt. They both greeted and thanked the participants as they arrived. Amy Adams Smith even participated in the Heads Up tackling portion of the event.
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt welcomed the group and explained the importance of discipline and teamwork foster from the sport. He also thanked the moms for being extremely supportive of their children and football.
The clinic incorporated a panel discussion about the best ways to approach their child’s coach, becoming an advocate of their child’s safety on and off the playing field and the reasons why they allow their child to participate. The panel included guest mother of a current high school football player, Gayle Webster, Leigh Ann Tuohy, mother of Titans offensive lineman
“Youth football is important to our society because it can teach kids discipline and respect,” said Alice Whisenhunt. “It teaches them the importance of perseverance and teamwork, working together for a common goal.” Whisenhunt continued. “In our family's coaching journey, youth football and cheerleading have helped our kids make new friends, which has helped them adapt and be happy in their new environment.”
In addition to the panel discussion, there were sessions teaching the moms several important topics such as heat, hydration, nutrition, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the five steps of Heads Up Tackling.
All sessions were instructed by respected professionals in their field such as Neurology Specialist, Dr, Colleen Vanderkolk, of Saint Thomas Health, USA Football Master Trainers, Coach Ricky Upton and Billy Elmore, both of whom have a number years of coaching youth and high school football, Saint Thomas Health Athletic Trainer, Jon Takahashi, Tennessee Titans Assistant Equipment Manager, Joey Barranco and Titans Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Watterson.
During the heads up tackling instructional portion of the event, the Master Trainers had assistance from former Titans Dave Ball, Chris Hope, Derrick Mason, Chris Sanders, and Rayna Stewart. The former players, some of whom are current high school coaches, assisted the ladies with the correct positons of the five steps of the heads up tackling and additionally answered other questions the moms had about the safety of the game and the importance of proper tackling positions.
All the moms took home a goodie bag which included a measuring tape to properly fit their child’s equipment, a booklet containing all the information taught during the clinic and a portable folding chair to use as they watch their child play football.