When it comes to protecting high school athletes, technology has changed over the years. From high tech helmets to specialized testing. Today's athlete has a chance at staying healthy throughout their careers and Wednesday at the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, area coaches learned about those techniques.
Close to a hundred coaches and Athletic Directors from high schools from across the panhandle gathered at the PAEC in Chipley for the risk management conference, put on by the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic.
Information on Sickle Cell Trait, which has killed nine athletes in the past seven years. Concussion and heat illness was discussed by trainers from the TOC as well as physicians from florida state university.
New West Florida football coach Pete Shinnick also took the floor to discuss minimizing risk amongst athletes, with everyone agreeing that giving out this information is essential for keeping kids safe.
Shinnick said, " What's taking place here today is huge. You go out, and you're a part of this game, whatever it is, whether it's football, baseball, or basketball, you do it to play the games. The only way you can do that is have great practices and be healthy, so I love what's taking place here".