Hoover approves measure to reduce youth injuries

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Coaches of Hoover's youth sports teams will now have to take a mandatory course designed for reducing injuries.

The Hoover City Council voted unanimously Monday to make the free PREPARE program part of each coach's training. The program was created by Birmingham orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Lemak, and is designed to teach coaches how to recognize and prevent injuries, and what to do when emergencies happen.

High school coaches already complete this course, but Dr. Lemak said by extending the program to youth league coaches they can help keep more kids safe.  "This teaches coaches to recognize what to do," said Dr. Lemak. "This could save a child's life."     

Hoover parents said they like the idea.

"Anytime our coaches and people responsible for our children have a chance to improve safety, I think it's a good thing," said Ryan Allen, a parent.

The resolution also has to be approved by the Hoover Parks and Recreation Board. Members will vote on the issue at their next meeting December 14.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved.