LOCKPORT, NY - As youth football league coaches gear up for the start of another season in late August they're getting some crucial training in a program designed to better protect the kids who play for them -- and perhaps help assure parents they can play the game in a safer way.

Football coaches from the 16 teams of the Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association were drilled on ways to help their players stay in the game with information on everything from proper equipment and the best ways to run a practice, to sudden cardiac arrest and hydration.

Concussion awareness was also covered, with the major focus on preventing or reducing the number of head injuries through the NFL-sponsored Heads Up program.

Two On Your Side’s Ron Plants has the story.