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Local football team teaches new technique to prevent concussion

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WITTENBERG, Wis. (WAOW) -

With high school football just around the corner, local coaches are trying to score for a safer season.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood head football coach Bernard Holsey said their new technique helps teach kids to keep their heads safe. It's called "Keeping Your Head Out of The Game."

"There's certain times when we have practice where I actually have them take their helmets off and all I want to see is hands," Holsey said.

 He said the new style helps prevent concussion during practice and on game day.

"We have to make sure that we're tackling and use the proper techniques," Holsey said.

According to Chris Orgeman, the school's athletic trainer, it's tough to pinpoint the number of high school athletes with concussions. It's because sometimes athletes downplay the severity of their injuries.

One of the players on the team, Jose Torrez, suffered a concussion last year and was out for three weeks. However, he didn't tell his coaches right away.

"It took me a day or two" Torrez said.

Orgeman said he sees athletes brushing possible concussions off too often, and that more awareness is needed.

He said the first step is to educate both coaches and athletes on how to detect concussions.

"Some of the symptoms are headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting," Orgeman said.

Experts said they want to keep the conversation going and get as many people educated on the matter.

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