Colchester Lakers and Catamounts Stay Healthy with "Heads Up Football"

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Fear of concussions.  It's one of many reasons participation in high school football is down throughout the region.  The Colchester Lakers are no exception to the trend, but they are doing something about it.

Each year, members of Colchester's varsity, JV and youth programs come together and practice "heads up football".

Senior defensive end and guard Mikey Spillane says, "It's been a really big emphasis throughout all of Colchester football and all over the country to prevent concussions, and we're trying to teach them at a young age to tackle properly so they're more healthy and they can play longer in the game."

Playing longer is important at CHS.  The Lakers have several athletes playing on both sides of the ball.  So injuries will be trouble.

Senior running back Andrew Spencer explains, "We gotta stay healthy, definitely keep our heads out of tackles, and you know, just do everything that we can to keep our numbers up."

That's the goal not just this year, but for years to come.  So just as important that the kids on the Colchester Catamounts learn to tackle too.

Spillane adds, "They're learning from you, watching from your every move to see what they need to do.  And it's cool to teach the little kids, because they're gonna be the future of this program one day and it's good to guide them to success."
Tackle safe and stay healthy. If the Lakers follow that plan, they could play for a championship this November.  First up, the Lakers travel to Middlebury on September 1.

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