SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

The Football Coach and Football Safety


The game of football and especially those that play it, have benefitted from the extensive improvements that lower the potential for injuries. Equipment, facilities, and the general body of sports medicine knowledge have all helped to lower the chances of minor and major injuries.

The most important factor for safety in American football, however, has been and continues to be the attitude and skill of the coach.

This paper addresses those attitudes and skills that a coach must possess to offer a worthwhile and safe experience to those in his charge. This paper addresses the human factor in football safety. It further offers a list of situations to avoid within the football atmosphere that are based on this author's personal litigation experience. This paper makes several proposals to improve the safety quotient in football.

Author Information

Borkowski, RP
, Narberth, PA
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Developed by Committee: F08
Pages: 167–171
DOI: 10.1520/STP11784S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5363-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2400-4