Six top Oklahoma high school football teams will join an effort to make the sport safer. It's part of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association's (OATA) “Safety in Football Campaign.”
The goal is to promote increased safety on the field by helping teams identify ways they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.
Fans watching the following games, Jenks vs. Union, Owasso vs. Broken Arrow, and Bishop Kelley at Bishop McGuinness, will notice a small helmet sticker on the back of each player's helmet. The sticker represents the efforts of these schools and the OATA towards improving safety in youth football in the state of Oklahoma.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “in 2007, more than 920,000 athletes under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics for football related injuries.” According to the Korey Stringer Institute, which researches sudden death in sports, 13 high school and one youth football players died during the 2015 football season; one of which occurred in Oklahoma.