The Enlightened Warrior

The Enlightened Warrior uses not only his strength and his speed, but also his intelligence. He understands mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation, and that his performance off the field is just as important as his performance on the field. Respect, effort, intelligence – the path of the Enlightened Warrior.

The Enlightened Warrior’s Creed

I am courageous, but not reckless
I am confident, but not cocky

I am tough and I am smart
I am always focused and always aware

I respect my teammates and my opponents
I learn from victory and from defeat

I do not speak of my successes
They speak for themselves

I lead by my actions
I perform on and off the field

I am well informed and well equipped
I am prepared for any battle

My strength, my speed
and my intelligence are my weapons.

I am an enlightened warrior.

The Path of the Enlightened Warrior

At Xenith, we believe that better head protection is just one component of a larger strategy for building the Enlightened Warrior – a strategy that also includes emphasis on proper technique, rule enforcement, reducing exposures to risk, as well as proper injury recognition and management. By implementing the following five rules, we can help keep players safe, healthy and strong.

  • Enlightened Warriors: Eliminate headfirst contact

    Eliminate headfirst contact

    Teach proper tackling technique

    Prevent ball carriers from lowering their heads

    Teach players to block with their arms and shoulders, not their head.

  • Enlightened Warriors: Invest in the best head protection equipment

    Invest in the best head protection equipment

    Promote Xenith’s "One Player, One Helmet" Philosophy

  • Enlightened Warriors: Improve recognition and management of injuries

    Improve recognition and management of injuries

    Encourage the presence of Certified Athletic Trainers at sporting events

    Locate a true expert in the management of head injuries

  • Enlightened Warriors: Reduce player exposures to risk

    Reduce player exposures to risk

    Consider reducing the number and length of live contact drills

    Eliminate dangerous drills

  • Enlightened Warriors: Reward outstanding play and outstanding character

    Reward outstanding play and outstanding character

    Focus on what's important

    Don't focus on big hits