In spite of these statistics, only the most minimal set of protective gear is mandated by Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) for high school student athletes. For example, high school football requires only four pieces of equipment: a helmet, shoulder pads, a mouth guard, and padded pants.
Another startling fact is that sixty-two percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practices rather than games . Despite this, one-third of parents often do not take the same safety precautions during their child’s practices as they would for games.
Our research indicates that no other organization provides abdominal sports safety equipment for student athletes.
Educate students, their parents and the community on the risks associated with abdominal sports injuries and prevention.
Most middle school and high school students and parents simply do not know the quality of equipment that is made available to Collegiate and Professional athletes today. This high-end equipment is cutting edge. It can better protect athletes from injuries, and yes, it tends to be more expensive than traditional protective gear. The goal of the YESS© program is to raise awareness and educate; about this next generation of abdominal protection equipment, how it is made available for their team, and to facilitate access to this cutting edge equipment.
Equip middle and high school students with the highest quality protective sports equipment commonly available only to college and professional athletes
We will equip middle and high school students who participate in contact sports with technologically advanced safety equipment. Currently, the Taylor Haugen Foundation is working with EvoShield, a company that was founded by three former University of Georgia “Bulldog” athletes. They were looking to move beyond traditional foam and plastic protective gear which proved to be big and bulky. They created protective gear that is truly comfortable and designed to make athletes faster and stronger . . . and better protected.
The EvoShield material was invented by a cardiologist, a father, who wanted more protection for his children who played baseball. The quarter-inch-thin, lightweight composite material custom forms to each student’s body as it hardens to provide a special layer of protection. This “Gel to Shell” shield absorbs the impact of the hit and spreads it through-out the protective material.
The Foundation will work with superintendents, school administrators, and coaches of both regionally and nationally to equip teams with the appropriate abdominal protective gear for their respective sports.
Promote the YESS© Program to all youth secondary athletes/parents/coaches
We started a grass root, focused effort to educate, equip, and promote the YESS© Program regionally and nationally. We are confident that this program is the catalyst toward a better, safe future for our youth athletes going forward.
We are aggressively exploring partnerships with like-minded organizations and pursuing opportunities with other sports safety equipment vendors in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the YESS© program and ensure that more student athletes have an opportunity to safely play the sports they love.