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TCYFL Health and Wellbeing initiativesTCYFL has always been the leader in youth football for many reasons. We like every other youth sports programs are concerned for our players safety.
The difference with us is that we are ALWAYS going to be proactive and do something to continue to improve the way we protect our athletes. Our goal is to teach and educate every participant (players, parents and coaches) on how we can continue to keep our players safe.
Heat and Hydration:
TCYFL has implemented the guidelines to deal with extreme heat at all youth football games and practices. It is designed to provide participants with a standard for safe play in situations of extreme heat.
The two values that the TCYFL will take into account when modifying or canceling games/practices are air temperature and relative humidity. The combination of these two elements reflects the heat index. We will rely on the heat index reading that is updated hourly by the National Weather Service at the OHARE Executive Airport.
As a parent, please educate yourself regarding these Heat and Hydration Guidelines.
Early in 2012, TCYFL established guidelines to reduce risk and improve awareness regarding concussions in youth football.
Implemented April 16, 2012:
Advanced Concussion Training for ALL TCYFL Coaches.(SLI & USA Football)
Baseline Impact testing for ALL players 10 and older. (Dicks Sporting Goods & ARC)
Preseason and in season changes to full contact.
Conditioning week: from 10 hrs conditioning to 6 hrs (3 days) conditioning and 4hrs. (2 days) helmet and shoulder pads for proper heads up blocking and tackling technique training.
Equipment week: from 10 hrs full contact to 10 hrs total with 7 hrs max contact.
In school and season: Starting the Monday prior to opening weekend from 8 hrs full contact to 8 hrs total including film and walk through with 4 hrs max contact.
Absolutely NO leading with the crown of the helmet. 15 yd unsportsmanlike penalty. 2nd is automatic game disqualification.
Try to provide Athletic trainers at ALL football games. (2013)
Parents, please visit our partner USA Football to learn more.
USA Football also offers a FREE mobile app for both android and iphone users that can assit you in keeping your player safe and making the right decisions while on the field.
Accelerated Rehabilitation CentersWho is Accelerated?
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a top physical therapy and sports medicine provider in the Chicagoland area. If one of your players suffers an injury we will help guide you on the rehabilitation and return to play.
Accelerated takes pride in supporting our communities as well as its athletes, coaches, parents, and families. Our licensed, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists are committed to providing excellent, quality care for the TCYFL.
Our sports medicine services are unparalleled in the industry, as our top priority is to help our patients achieve their goals of staying healthy.
Sports Medicine Services – Athletic Training Game Coverage
During your child’s games you will have an Accelerated Certified Athletic Trainer on your sidelines. If any child complains of an injury please refer them to the athletic trainer for proper evaluation. Do not take any complaint lightly! The athletic trainer will determine if the athlete can safely return to play.
If an athlete receives an acute injury on the field, the athletic trainer will promptly care for the athlete. Do not attempt to move or assess the injury, please take all direction from the athletic trainer and remember the player’s safety is the first priority. After the initial assessment the athletic trainer will determine if the athlete can safely return to play.
Sports Medicine Services – Sports Medicine Hotline
If you feel that a child has suffered and injury and it needs further evaluation, you can call the Accelerated sports medicine hotline, 312-523-4064. This hotline is available 24 hours a day. The athletic trainer will give prompt advice on how to handle the injury. If the player needs to see a doctor, we can facilitate that and provide an appointment within 24-48 hours. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
Sports Medicine Services – Free Injury Screen
If you feel that a child has suffered an injury, Accelerated offers free injury screens. You can acquire a free injury screen by calling the sports medicine hotline 312-523-4064, calling 877-97-REHAB or by speaking with an Accelerated staff member who will be present at most games and practices. The screen includes:
- Free physical assessment by a licensed Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer
- Complete explanation of findings
- Instructions for exercises and self-care activities
- Recommended treatment options and course of care
- Injury prevention consultation
- Physician referral and physician scheduling assistance, if needed
Additional Services Accelerated Offers
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers offers a wide range of programs and specialized services to help the TCFL players restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function. Visit acceleratedrehab.com for more information on these advanced treatment techniques.
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