Coyne educates audience on concussion safety
Coyne's story helped highlight a major theme of the night of presentations aimed mainly at coaches in the community: concussions need to be reported.
Snedaker's presentation gave the necessary knowledge to coaches, as well as certain tools.
Her slideshow highlighted an iPhone app that allowed coaches to easily report possible concussions to parents, as well as symptoms they should be on the lookout for.
Roda spoke about the strides that PAL football has made. In 2007, the league reported 30 concussions at practices. Last year, that number was brought down to five.
All coaches are now required to go through concussion training once every year.
Roda and Coyne also stressed that the culture in youth sports needed to change.
According to Coyne, playing with injuries is glorified by the sport. During his time at Staples, Coyne played with injuries varying from a separated shoulder to a broken rib.
"The only thing that can fix this is education," Coyne said.
While the night certainly shined a spotlight on some concerning health problems, all speakers involved made sure to say that they were not discouraging children to play football.
"This isn't a football problem," Roda said. This is a sports problem."
Kurt Warner, a former NFL quarterback, recently stated that he would not let his son play football due to potential injuries.
When he asked himself whether or not he would let his future son play, Coyne had a different answer.
"Yes, in a heartbeat, I will let him play," Coyne said.