Texas Youth Football & Cheer Association (TYFA) announces, on National Concussion Awareness Day, that HitCheck, a mobile cognitive assessment tool that allows clinicians and trainers to baseline and assess athletes at anytime from anywhere, will be required for each player prior to beginning their season.
HitCheck is designed to allow for the association to track individuals’ unique performance and screen for changes after a potential brain injury that may require additional medical attention.
The announcement commemorates the fourth annual National Concussion Awareness Day, whose mission is “to start a conversation to increase concussion awareness nationally, raise funds for brain injury charitable organizations and show support for those suffering through social media, community events and press coverage.” Millions of brain injuries occur each year. While most can heal in about 10 days, over 50% of concussed athletes return to play the same day without proper screening and diagnosis.
TYFA provides youth athletes with opportunities to compete and win at some of the highest levels of youth football and cheer. It is one of the largest Independent Leagues in the country and the largest in Texas; serving tens of thousands of athletes every year. The league requires that every athlete baseline with HitCheck before being allowed to participate in activities.
“In a year of great uncertainty, we know we can count on HitCheck to keep our team safe and accurately assess each player for cognitive health. Its easy-to-use and flexible technology allows us to check in on our team at any time, even from the convenience of our own homes and using social distancing.”
— Brian Morgan, President/CEO Texas Youth Football Association
Drawing on decades of medical research, HitCheck takes standardized cognitive testing methods and translates them into short, simple mobile assessment exercises users can take immediately whenever and wherever an injury is suspected. Each test measures a specific aspect of brain performance, such as coordination, memory, reaction time, etc.
Once the test is complete, HitCheck captures, records and compares these objective, quantitative results with prior performance and highlights changes in brain functions that may require additional medical attention.
[Source: Kafka Media Group]
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