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Heads Up Football Comes to CR

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) - As more former football players open up about concussions sustained during their playing days, a national effort to make the game more safe made its way to the Corridor on Saturday.

In Cedar Rapids, both local players and coaches took part in the Heads Up Football clinic.

The program teaches safe and proper tackling techniques to help prevent players from injuring their heads.

Coaches say when players don't keep their head up, they're vulnerable to injuries.

"We're mainly keeping their head up and out of the tackle, we want to make sure that we're using the front of the shoulder pad and keeping the head up and away from contact," Coaching Director, Jeff Hilleman said.

Both they and their coaches also went through heat and hydration training, as many high school and junior high programs will begin practicing in August.

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