Colchester football players of all ages laced up last Friday to practice “Heads Up Football,” an initiative aimed to preventing concussions and other football-related injuries.

The Colchester Catamounts, part of the Northern Youth Football League, joined the high school’s football squad to take part in the program.

Earlier this summer, the Vermont Principals’ Association become the second state high school association the country to require coach enrollment into the Heads Up Program.

The drills focused on teaching players how to block and tackle safely by reducing helmet contact.

Parents were also invited lend a hand during the drills to learn more about these safe practices.

Colchester’s high school season kicks off September 2 as the Lakers host Essex.

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