Local varsity football coach in hot water after 'chin music' scouting report

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 4:25 AM

(KMOV) --  University City High School reported itself to the Missouri High School Athletic Association for a violation and the varsity football coach could be in hot water.

This all took place after News 4 brought a disturbing discovery to the attention of school officials.

Some employees at University City High gave News 4 a copy of the football team’s game plan for Thursday night’s game against MICDS. The coach’s plan called for chin music, on one of the MICDS wide receivers.

“You don't want to hear that, in my position, you don't want to hear that that is going on at any level of the game,” said Matt Biermann. He is one of the coaches at the Elite Football Academy in Chesterfield.

The coaches there teach the game to more than 3,500 players of all ages a year. He finds the “chin music” reference disturbing.

"Its one thing to game plan ...it's another to just take shots at people,” said Biermann.

He said it’s important at all levels of football for coaches to pick their words because kids take things too literally.

"We don't know if it’s more dangerous as a teen or an adult.. We think it is dangerous at any age to have multiple concussive injuries,” said Doctor David Brody.

Dr. Brody is a Washington University neurologist at Barnes Jewish Hospitals. He works with retired NFL players and is an expert on concussions.

When asked to define the kind of hit that caused a concussion, Dr. Brody said, “we don't have a precise mechanical understanding of what kind of hit causes a concussion.  Lots of blows to the head do not cause a concussion the Dura and spinal fluid do a pretty good job of protecting the brain.”

"There is still a lot we don’t know about concussions." Dr. Brody told News 4’s Steve Savard. "Doctors, coaches and parents can do a better job of checking players before allowing them to play again after a big hit."

"What quarter are we in? What was the score last week? Check their balance, actually test their coordination,” said Dr. Brody. “We have to root out this false masculinity we think we gain by targeting or taking shots at other defenseless players.”

Besides self-reporting a poor sportsmanship violation to the state, University City officials met with player to let them know what is expected of them.

They called MICDS coaches to let them know about the violation and say they will take up personnel matters in private. 

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