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Manchester Pop Warner Red Hawks Youth Football and Cheer


he health and safety of our Players and Cheerleaders is PRIORITY to the Manchester Sentinels.

Additionally, as a Pop Warner Youth League, we are committed to meeting the requirements for every Coach and Team Leader in our organization, to be certified and compliant to ALL of Pop Warner's education, certification and safety standards.

Below are articles and publications outlining our commitment to player health and safety.

Heads Up Football is the safer way to practice and play. USA Football has worked with leaders in both medicine and sport across the country to create a full-featured program that any league or school can use to address key safety issues — and ensure that every coach understands and knows how to implement each component of the program.

Heads Up Football ensures that every coach is thoroughly trained in fundamental aspects of football safety, injury prevention and injury recognition.

That’s why one of the key features of the program is Coach Certification — using the only nationally accredited courses in the sport with content created by football experts and health professionals.

LINK to USA Football

Completion of the USA FOOTBALL program is required of every Coach and Team Leader in our League, as well as all Leagues affiliated with Pop Warner.



Pop Warner is just as committed to helping athletes develop healthy habits as we are to instilling the values of scholarship and sportsmanship. Coaches and parents can make 3 simple calls that will help players perform their best, on-and-off the field

Move More, Drink Right, and Snack Smart.

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Busting 7 Myths About Kids, Concussions and Sports

For starters, they’re not just football injuries

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According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Research shows that relying on thirst may cause athletes to underestimate fluid needs and replace on average only about 50% of the fluid lost in sweat. Therefore, the NATA recommends athletes drink on a schedule based on their individual sweat rate, regardless of thirst, to ensure that they are replacing sweat losses.

NATA recently convened an Inter-Association Task Force comprised of 18 sports medicine groups and injury prevention and health professional organizations to release an Exertional Heat Illnesses Consensus Statement.  

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The 'Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine' published an article outlining the results of a study to compare

Injury Rates in Age-Only Versus Age-and-Weight Playing Standard Conditions in American Youth Football.


We conclude that neither the Age-Only nor the Age-and-Weight playing standard conditions are associated with lower injury rates among youth football players.  

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Concussions Can Occur in All Youth Sports

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