Player Safety is our #1 Priority


Eastside Crusaders Junior Football and the Northwest Junior Football League make player safety our top priority.
Our commitment to USA Football and the Heads Up program requires concussion awareness education for coaches, parents and players - and requires training and certification for all coaches covering safety, equipment fitting, proper techniques and more.

Research, rule changes, better equipment, increased awareness, improved medical care, and changes in teaching fundamental techniques are making the sport of youth football safer.

Concussion Awareness & Prevention Program

Eastside Crusaders Junior Football is the ONLY youth football program in the NW with an aggressive, PROACTIVE plan to reduce the number and severity of concussions among our players. ECJF is on the leading edge of concussion management with EC-CAPP (Eastside Crusaders Concussion Awareness and Prevention Program ©).

EC-CAPP is based on a four-fold approach:

  • Education
  • Best available equipment
  • Teaching proper fundamentals
  • Promoting safer play


ECJF is proud to lead the way in concussion prevention and has reduced the number of incidents in our program dramatically.

For more information, please refer to the document EC-CAPP Overview.

Partners in Safety

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ECJF established partnerships with researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.  We participate in the Concussion and Injury Surveillance (CIS) Football Study.

Certified Athletic Trainers are onsite at football fields each week of the season to provide care to all players and ensure accurate tracking of concussion assessments.


Stanley A. Herring, MD, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has been in practice over 30 years. Currently Dr. Herring serves as Medical Director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine, and he is a clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. He is Co-Medical Director of the Sports Concussion Program, a partnership of UW Medicine, Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Herring holds the Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Professorship. He also serves as one of the team physicians for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners, and is a consultant for the Seattle Storm and the University of Washington Sports Medicine Program. Dr. Herring’s practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries, particularly focusing on spinal disorders in active people and athletes and sports-related concussions.


Dr. Herring has held many national leadership positions including President of the North American Spine Society, member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine and Board Member of the Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is also a founding member of the Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine & Occupational Rehabilitation and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Football. He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Pop Warner Football. Dr. Herring is on the editorial boards of professional journals and has been an editor of nine textbooks, as well as contributor to 65 professional journal articles and 51 textbook chapters. In addition, Dr. Herring is a frequent national and international speaker on a variety of psychiatric and sports medicine topics.

A Message from Seattle Children's and University of Washington

The Concussion and Injury Surveillance in Youth Football Players Research team at Seattle Children’s and University of Washington are looking forward to launching another successful football season with you all.

We are energized by your enthusiasm and commitment to player safety.

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