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BOISE -- Almost 275 parents came to the Optimist Youth Football Parents' Heads Up Football Clinic Saturday.

Two-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong and Boise State Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin talked about sports safety.

"We had St. Luke's sports medicine here to talk to them about concussions and hydration and things that they should look for when their child comes home from practice," said Jerron Moore, director of coaching and player safety for Optimist Youth Football.

They also had gear manufacturers discuss the role helmets play in safety.

The clinic was aimed at educating parents about concussion and player safety in youth football.

"We know our number are down, nation-wide numbers are down, and most of it is a concern about safety," said Moore. "This was an attempt to address those issues, but also to get the parents actively involved."

The parents even took the field.

"The parents were out here actually doing the drills and learning the stuff that their kids are going to start doing Monday at practice," said Moore.

Moore said the purpose is making sure the parents know what's happening on the field are part of a safety solution.

"They need to know what to expect and then when they're at practice watching their child, don't just watch," he said. "Is the coach teaching the right stuff? Is their child doing it correctly? And if those things happen, we can improve the safety of this program at the youth level two fold."

Practice for Optimist Football starts Monday.

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