PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry hosted about 40 children at its football camp this week.
“We had a very good camp,” said Coach David Diamont. “Kids got a lot of reps in basic football skills.”
The coaching staff and players taught the boys about equipment, nutrition, weightlifting and proper technique on the field.
If the safety equipment doesn’t fit or it isn’t worn properly, then injuries are more likely, Assistant Coach David Johnson told the team.
Helmets have air pockets to provide extra protection from concussions, but they must be inspected before every practice or game, he explained.
Sometimes players think they shouldn’t bother the coaches because they’ve got so many other things on their minds, but taking care of equipment is never a bother, he told the group.
Diamont brought out some snacks for the kids to eat during a break. He advised them to check the calorie content of foods and the percentage of fats in what they eat. In one example he gave, a sugary oatmeal cake actually had a lower percentage of calories from fat than a bag of Chex Mix.
For athletes, it is important to get protein into the body soon after exercise so that it can help build new muscle, he said. Within half an hour of lifting weights, players need to have some form of protein. One example given was a glass of chocolate milk.
He also advised that chicken and fish were better health choices than hamburgers when choosing a meat.
Then Diamont took the boys into the weight room where players showed some of the many routines they have. The coach emphasized proper form and safety.
Out on the field, the coaches and player counselors spent time working with the boys on proper tackling technique so that they don’t hurt their necks or increase the chance of a concussion.
“It is pretty cool to see these high school guys teaching the young boys what we’ve been teaching them,” said Diamont.
As far as running plays and understanding schemes, Diamont said he likes to use these camps to implement some basic offensive and defensive philosophies in the middle-school boys so that they are better prepared to move up to East Surry down the road.