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Football coaching techniques teaching players how to avoid injury

Concussion concerns causing a tackling transformation at high school levels

FootConcTBNLAirdrie Bantam football coach Steve Kemp says football has changed immensely since he played 10 years ago and has seen a dramatic transformation in the way the game is being coached.

Concussions in football have been a rising concern for years and new coaching techniques have been introduced in order for the coaches to teach players new ways to tackle while avoiding injury.

"Back when I started you were taught to put your face mask into the others guy's face mask, you were taught to lead with your head and use your helmet as a weapon," Kemp says.


Call of Duty dodgeball keeping students healthy

MRU residents playing popular school yard game lowering stress and building bonds

Dodgeball2A rambunctious game of dodgeball is going on in a Mount Royal University gym and students from nearby residence joined the action.

The theme was Call of Duty, which was made apparent by the overwhelming number of costumes, face masks, camouflage, and war paint.

This was the first evening of the monthly activity, and when students from East and West res started to mix, fantastic things happened.


Flames' Brian McGrattan and Sean Monahan share a flourishing bromance

How Calgary's sophomore star and veteran tough guy forged one of the locker room's closest friendships

MonyGratsTMBNLBold, menacing, and heavily-tattooed, Brian McGrattan has been giving opponents nightmares for years. Weighing north of 235 pounds, and standing 6'4, the 33-year-old Calgary Flames winger has paved his NHL career with his fists.

This makes his close friendship with the Flames' smooth-skating 20-year-old centre, Sean Monahan all the more intriguing.

Monahan was a highly-touted centre after two strong junior seasons for the Ottawa 67's, before being drafted sixth overall by the Calgary Flames in 2013. His slick puck handling skills, high hockey IQ and pure ability to put the puck in the net gave fans hope about a player who might one day fill the void left by former captain, Jarome Iginla.


Former taekwondo standout Sang Lee following through in golf career

Edge School graduate excelling in final year at Washington State University

Ath.MonthDespite being the best taekwondo athlete in the province and one of the tops in the country, Calgarian Sang Lee chose golf over marital arts, without picking up a club until he was 13 years old.

Nine years later, Lee, 22, is in his fifth year at Washington State University (WSU) and part of the men's golf team on athletic and academic scholarships.

He recently clinched a Pacific-12 (Western U.S.A. collegiate conference) individual title, adding to his growing list of achievements.

"I really wanted to get a win at this level before I plan on moving onto the next one. It felt good to finally get that," Lee said.