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USA Fencing Unites with 15 National Governing Bodies to Launch CrashCourse Multi-Sport Concussion Education Series

07/31/2020, 12:45pm CDT
By Jeremy Summers

USA Fencing is pleased to announce a collaboration with TeachAids as well as 15 National Governing Bodies and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to release the first segment of the CrashCourse Multi-Sport Concussion Education Series: The Brain Fly-Through to explore the complexities and fragilities of the human brain.  

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology from Stanford University’s Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center, the CrashCourse Brain Fly-Through is the first piece of forthcoming multi-sport concussion education that was developed in collaboration with USA Fencing, USA Archery, USA Artistic Swimming, USA Baseball, USA Cycling, USA Diving, USA Field Hockey, USA Football, USA Gymnastics, USA Hockey, US Lacrosse, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, US Speedskating, USA Taekwondo, USA Triathlon and USA Wrestling.

During the Brain Fly-Through, World Mountain Biking Champion Kate Courtney takes the viewer on a journey through the human brain. Using dramatic race footage coupled with her own personal concussion experience, this fly through emphasizes the importance of reporting one’s head injury immediately.

“It’s exciting to see leadership across our USOPC National Governing Bodies working together to embrace evidence-based education to make our sports safer,” says Chris Snyder, director of coaching education at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. “With its 10-year history of developing world-class products, TeachAids has once again produced groundbreaking and compelling content to further health education.”

USA Fencing is one of the few National Governing Bodies for fencing in the world that collects data on fencing related injuries, including concussions and other head injuries at national events.

The USA Fencing Sports Medicine Team has been recently been awarded a grant for a five-year retrospective study on head injuries and reporting within fencing national events. A special thanks to all USA Fencing Sports Medicine providers collecting data and to Adam Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC for his work in applying for the grant.

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