For immediate release
Grenadier Football partners with injury prevention research project as new legislation to protect athletes is passed by the Province
Kingston, ON/March 8, 2018 – Injury prevention through enhanced performance! This is the theme for the Grenadiers 2018 football season and comes as the Province announced this week it passed ground-breaking legislation to protect amateur athletes.
The Grenadiers have partnered with Allen Champagne, MD/PhD candidate (2023) at Queen's University, former defensive tackle for the Gael's Varsity Football team and co-founder of the Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program (CESAP). In addition to his work at CESAP, Champagne will monitor selected players throughout the season using video and sensors to identify opportunities to improve their technique and ultimately reduce their risk of injury, including sport-related concussions.
“We are very excited to partner with Allen on this research project. Player safety is a priority for the Grenadiers organization,” said Alexandra Reyes-Walsh, executive director of the Grenadiers. “Planning for this partnership has been in the works for several months. It’s the first of its kind that we are aware in the history of Ontario youth football and we are proud to be leading the way when it comes to player safety.”
When prospects from Trenton to Brockville hit the turf for tryouts they will be tested using a combine style format designed to establish a baseline for player strength, power, speed and agility. The combine will also include non-padded football drills specifically designed to assess the players’ ability to move in space, block and tackle, using proper technique.
Click to read more.