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The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program Partners with the Pittsburgh

A partnership between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program offers steps that football coaches and players can take on the field to help prevent concussions.

The Steelers and UPMC concussion experts also stress the importance of seeking the right treatment when head injuries do occur.

Safe Tackling Methods Can Prevent Head Injuries

When it comes to preventing head injuries and concussions, the Steelers play by the mantra "Don't hit the head. Don't use the head."

In teaming up with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, the Steelers are sharing this message of safe tackling to inform players and help athletes at all levels prevent injury.

They sent posters and concussion education materials to high school, middle school, and youth football leagues throughout western Pennsylvania.

Learn More About Preventing Head Injuries on the Field

USA Football — the amateur sport's national governing body — along with the NFL have a "Heads Up Football" program that promotes:

  • Coaching education on concussion awareness and “Heads Up Tackling.”
  • Proper equipment fitting.
  • Recommended standards for parents, coaches, and football leagues.

Find safe and proper tackling videos on USA Football's YouTube channel.

Contact UPMC's Sports Medicine Concussion Program

Call 412-432-3681 to learn more about concussion treatment or schedule an appointment with one of our concussion experts.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with one of our concussion experts, call 412-432-3681.

Sports Concussion Program
UPMC Center for Sports Medicine

3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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