The district’s varsity football players are the only entire football team in the area utilizing specially-designed practice jerseys and tackling pads that visually teach young players how to make the safest tackle.
Created by North Hills alum and former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington, each jersey and pad shows football players where to place their hands and heads to not only take down their opponent but also protect themselves from concussions.
In addition to the football products, the district also implemented a neck strengthening training routine for North Hills’ boys and girls soccer and football teams. According to a study released earlier this year by the Colorado School of Public Health, overall neck strength is a significant predictor of concussions.
Previously, North Hills students were educated on neck exercises during training, but this season marks the first year that daily exercises and techniques are incorporated into daily team practices.