Focus on Safety

Focus on Safety

The 2014 Football Canada National Coaches Convention on July 11 in Saskatoon will conclude with a Safety Panel to share information and address coaches, parents and players questions.

Delegates attending the national convention will receive free entry to the Safety Panel while individual passes to the panel are also available.

The panelists include Green Bay Packers equipment manager (and Canadian) Gordon Batty; Packers strength and conditioning coach Mark Lovat; former CFL team therapist Pat Clayton; Safe Contact consultant Tom Annett; BC Lions GM and VP of Football Ops, Wally Buono; Kevin McDonald – VP Football Operations, CFL; Richard Maclean – President, Football Canada and experienced official Todd Joyes.

Pat Clayton – retired Director of Medical Services, Calgary Stampeders

Clayton spent 29 seasons with the Stampeders and 36 years in the Canadian Football League. He also spent nine years as head therapist at Royal Military College and Queen’s University.

Clayton joined the Stampeders in 1984 after previously serving as athletic therapist for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. During his time in Calgary, Clayton treated hundreds of players — including 10 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame — and the Stampeders won four Grey Cup titles.

Tom Annett – Safe Contact Consultant, facilitator and coach

As Football Canada’s Safe Contact program Tom has been a major contributor in forming the technical material for the tackling and blocking program. Currently a coach with the Sault Ste Marie Sabres, Annett is a former Wilfrid Laurier University linebacker whose career was cut short due to a major neck injury.

Gordon “Red” Batty – Equipment Manager, Green Bay Packers

Gordon “Red” Batty is in his 20th season as equipment manager of the Green Bay Packers.

Batty is responsible for properly outfitting players with the safest and most advanced equipment, as well as ordering and maintaining all of the team’s equipment and sideline apparel. Immediately prior to joining the Packers, he had spent 13 seasons (1981-93) in the same position with the then-Houston Oilers.

Long regarded as one of the best in the business, Batty was voted the NFL’s Equipment Manager of the Year by his peers in 2002 at their annual meeting.

A 54-year-old native of Montreal, Batty remarkably is in his 41st season in the equipment field. He began his career in 1973 at age 14 as a ball boy for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Six years later, he was elevated to the position of equipment manager for the Alouettes. During Batty’s tenure in Montreal, the Alouettes won two Grey Cups (1974 and ’77).

Mark Lovat – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Green Bay Packers

Mark Lovat is now in his 15th year with the Packers and his fourth as the club’s strength and conditioning coordinator. Promoted to his current position on Feb. 15, 2010, Lovat swapped roles with Dave Redding, for whom Lovat served as an assistant in 2009.

Joining the team full-time on Jan. 25, 1999, Lovat worked under three Green Bay strength and conditioning coordinators in addition to previously serving two summer internships in the club’s weight room.

Lovat was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year for his work in 2011 by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, an award based on a vote of his peers in the field.

In 2010, Lovat was honored by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society with the Super Bowl Achievement Award.

The son of former Green Bay offensive line coach Tom Lovat (1980, 1992-98), Lovat is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) in April 2000 and was nominated in 2004 by the association for the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award for his work in the successful rehabilitation of injuries to Packers tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher.

In 2005, Lovat completed his master’s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania. He also has earned certifications as a performance-enhancement specialist (PES) and as a corrective-exercise specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Additionally, in 2002 he achieved a Level 1 certification through USA Weightlifting, the governing body of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team.

Lovat is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and completed a human-movement science course as part of his continuing education. He also is a representative for Forge Strength Systems, a strength equipment company founded by Johnston, former Packers, Seahawks, Browns and current San Diego Chargers strength and conditioning coach.