On February 7th an agreement between a neurocognitive testing company and US Youth Soccer was made. Not only was this a partnership for the use of the tool, but it also provides some of the best, in my opinion; concussion education, awareness and management tools out there.
Soccer has been a rather underrepresented sport when it comes to the concussion issue, perhaps because it does not garner the spotlight in today’s sports media, like that of football. However, soccer has its fair share of brain injuries, one reason is the use of the head in the sport is encouraged. Because of this it exposes players to more risk, even if heading the ball is controlled, what happens in the air leading to that can be more apropos to creating the sudden traumatic event causing a concussion.
Below is the full press release;
US Youth Soccer and Axon Sports bring Affordable Concussion Management to Leagues, Teams, and Clubs
Web-based tool helps medical providers manage concussions; facilitate the safe return of players to the field
FRISCO, Texas (February 7, 2012) – US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, today announces Axon Sports as a long-term strategic partner for computerized baseline testing for concussion management, leading the way in making soccer safer for kids at the grassroots level. Through the relationship, US Youth Soccer will provide member discounts and educational resources on USYouthSoccer.org. It will also provide more than 25,000 US Youth Soccer players free access to the Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT). Continue reading