US Speedskating, the national governing body responsible for the conduct and administration of speedskating in the United States, announces a partnership with TeachAids to distribute CrashCourse by TeachAids concussion education to its athletes nationwide.
Through this special collaboration, the organizations will work together to better educate speedskating athletes and coaches on concussion symptoms, recognition, and reporting, and ultimately help improve head safety.
The CrashCourse concussion education is a product of a multi-year effort from more than 100 leading medical and industry experts from throughout the United States. The curriculum integrates technology and interactive features to help improve understanding and awareness surrounding concussions, according to a media release from TeachAids.
“CrashCourse by TeachAids not only incorporates all the latest science about concussions – it does so in an engaging way that truly resonates with youth athletes,” says Geoffrey Abrams, Director of Sports Medicine at Stanford University, in the release. “It’s inspiring to see this comprehensive and compelling education being distributed and used by youth athletes nationwide.”
US Speedskating will share its concussion information on its website, through social media channels, and through its weekly e-newsletter to its members.
Concussion education is vital for individuals from all sports, and speedskating is no exception, TeachAids continues in the release. Olympic medalist Carlijn Schoutens received a concussion from falling on the ice in 2015. Lacking basic education about concussions, she didn’t realize she could have a concussion until US Speedskating staff sent her to the hospital. This concussion led to a year-long struggle with Post Concussion Syndrome.
“It would have been good for me to know more about concussions before I had mine. I didn’t know what type of symptoms to be mindful of, or how important it would be to be patient during my recovery,” she explains. “I am so happy to see US Speedskating taking this step to provide early concussion education to the athletes.”
“US Speedskating is excited to partner with TeachAids to distribute this groundbreaking concussion education to all those in our community,” adds Ted Morris, Executive Director of US Speedskating. “We look forward to the impact this partnership can make in the lives of our athletes.”
“We are so pleased to partner with US Speedskating. They continue to be a leader in providing outstanding preventative care to all their athletes,” shares Dr. Piya Sorcar, Founder and CEO of TeachAids.