Anna McDonald took New York Times parenting blog readers behind the scenes at the NFL-Ohio State football safety clinic for mothers last month. The event was part of Heads Up Football program hosted by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
For one mom, standing in a four-point stance on artificial turf about to hit a tackling dummy was not what she expected.
About 500 women participated in the Columbus, Ohio, event. They learned all aspects of the Heads Up program, including concussion awareness, safe tackling techniques and proper equipment fitting.
It led to a greater understanding of what their kids experience every day as youth football players.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor