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NOCSAE, CDC Team Up to Give “Heads Up to Parents” About Concussions in Youth Sports

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. July 20, 2011

NOCSAE is an independent and nonprofit standard-setting body with the sole mission of enhancing athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for protective equipment.

Mike Oliver

the United States

Charles Stokes

"Heads Up to Parents" will take advantage of the growing social media presence of the "Heads Up" initiatives, as well as existing CDC platforms and educational channels. A "Heads Up to Parents" micro website made especially for parents will house educational content, such as videos and downloadable resources.

Educational print materials will be developed to address key issues parents need to know about concussion prevention, recognition and response, as well as helmet safety (such as how to properly fit a helmet) that will be distributed through helmet check programs and activities. The program aims to present parents and athletes with concussion information before the start of the first practice.

Richard C. Hunt

"Parents, when in doubt, keep the athlete out of play," Dr. Hunt adds. "It’s better to miss one game that the whole season."

Bob and Lisa Gfeller August 2008

the United States Bob Gfeller

www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/

The partnership with the CDC builds on NOCSAE’s ongoing efforts to protect athletes. Formed in 1969, NOCSAE is a leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment and, as a result, reduce injuries. Based on the best available science, NOCSAE has established the most rigorous standards for football helmet performance. However, no football helmet can prevent all concussions.  

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About NOCSAE

NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, is an independent and nonprofit standard-setting body with the sole mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for protective equipment. Formed in 1969, NOCSAE is a leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment and, as a result, reduce injuries. NOCSAE efforts include the development of performance and test standards for football helmets and facemasks, baseball and softball batters and catchers helmets, baseballs and softballs, ice hockey helmets, soccer shin guards, lacrosse helmets and facemasks and polo helmets. NOCSAE is comprised of representatives from a number of groups which have an interest in athletic equipment – including manufacturers, reconditioners, athletic trainers, coaches, equipment managers, sports medicine and consumer organizations. These diverse interests have joined forces in an attempt to arrive at a common goal of reducing sports-related injuries. NOCSAE is a nonprofit, charitable organization supported by individuals and organizations with an interest in athletics.

About the CDC Foundation

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