Miami Dolphins Press Release
On Friday, July 18, the Miami Dolphins hosted their inaugural Mom’s Clinic in conjunction with Heads Up Football at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
The clinic included information about heat and hydration, concussion awareness, equipment fitting and concluded with interactive drills that show proper Heads Up Football tackling techniques.
“This was our first clinic and we wanted to make sure that we gave the moms the proper information,” said Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Manager and USA Football Master Trainer Troy Drayton.
Speakers for the event included Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Administration Dawn Aponte, who also is on the Board of Directors for USA Football, Equipment Manager Joe Cimino, Assistant Athletic Trainer Troy Maurer, defensive end Olivier Vernonand a panel of mothers and wives of Dolphins alumni that included Mary Dellenbach, Michelle Surtain and Marcia Wooden.
“Health and safety is a priority at every level of every sport and particularly in football,” Aponte said. “We want to make sure parents are educated, specifically the moms. This event was an example of one of the many ways that USA Football in conjunction with the NFL has take steps to present a compressive way to teach and play the game.”
After the presentations, the women took part in interactive drills that taught proper tackling techniques. These drills were performed on the field and led by Miami Dolphins and NFL Alumni and Columbus High School Coach and Heads Up Football Master Trainer Chris Merritt. USA Football's Heads Up Tackling technique, endorsed by medical and football experts, teaches players to keep their heads up and out of the line of contact.