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Wake Co. schools teach safer football tackling

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Wake County Public Schools said coaches for more than 4,000 football players in middle schools and high schools will be trained in USA Football's Heads Up Football program. Wake County Public Schools said coaches for more than 4,000 football players in middle schools and high schools will be trained in USA Football's Heads Up Football program.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's largest school district is stressing football safety with a program that stresses no head-first tackles, good-fitting equipment and plenty of water.

The Wake County Public Schools said Monday coaches for more than 4,000 football players in middle schools and high schools will be trained in USA Football's Heads Up Football program. The program teaches tackling techniques that reduce helmet contact and other elements of player safety.

The program will complement the school district's existing practices protecting the safety of student athletes.

USA Football says its safety program has been adopted at more than 500 schools in 48 states.

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