According to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, up to 3.8 million recreation- and sports-related concussions occur in the United States every year – with concussions in adolescent age groups accounting for the majority.1 This is a serious issue.
That’s why Dick’s Sporting Goods created PACE, or Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education. Through PACE, Dick’s Sporting Goods will supply up to one million young athletes across more than 3,300 middle and high schools nationwide with ImPACT software, the first, most-widely used, and scientifically-validated computerized concussion evaluation system. It is a computerized, neurocognitive assessment tool and service that is used by medical doctors, psychologists, athletic trainers, and other licensed healthcare professionals to assist them in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.
If you a parent of an athlete, coach, teacher or school administrator at a middle school or high school, this is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to apply for some state-of-the-art concussion software which can help combat concussions in youth sports and make a difference in the life of an athlete. Schools NEED TO APPLY in order to get the software, but applying is easy! Here’s how you do it: visit http://www.mydickssportinggoods.com/pace/ and click “Submit Your School” on the left-hand side.
It’s on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if your school qualifies and the application is approved, it could become one of the 3,300 middle and high schools getting FREE software in the largest concussion baseline testing initiative ever created.
Here are more resources on youth sports concussions:
- Concussions More Prevalent in Girls Sports
- Mouthguards A Must for Field Sports – did you know a well fitted mouthguard actually helps protect your child from a concussion?
- CDC – Heads Up in Youth Sports – Head Injury resources and activities for coaches, parents and athletes
- Determining Return to Play After Concussion in Youth Sports- Leave This To A Physician!
- What Every Sports Parent Should Know About New Concussion Legislation