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Washington Youth Soccer and Axon Sports to Provide Baseline Testing for Concussion Managment

Washington Youth Soccer has been a significant backer of increased concussion research and more stringent return-to-play standards. In 2009, President Doug Andreassen was one of the primary leaders behind the development and implementation of the Zackery Lystedt Law, one of the nation's first statewide return-to-play laws, which set strict guidelines for allowing a player with a brain injury to return to competition.

Maintaining its role as a national leader in concussion research and prevention, Washington Youth Soccer has partnered with Axon Sports as its provider of choice for online cognitive baseline tests for concussions.

Providing Washington Youth Soccer with a recommended resource for baseline testing of athletes helps ensure all players receive proper care for concussions. As part of the new partnership, all players in the Elite Player Development program — the highest level of competitive training in the state – will take baseline testing in the 2012-13 season.

Axon Sports provides baseline tests for athletes to measure brain function in an uninjured state. Should a player be suspected of having suffered a head injury later in the season, doctors will be able to conduct an identical test — called an "After Injury" test — and compare the results to those from the preseason baseline test to determine when the brain has fully recovered to its uninjured state.

In this way, doctors, can make an informed decisions about when it is safe to return injured athletes to competition.

"Baseline testing is an extremely important part of understanding and managing concussions," says Doug Andreassen, Washington Youth Soccer's President. "Player safety is our top priority, and parents and coaches need to make absolutely certain that a player is free from any lingering symptoms before sending them back onto the field. The baseline testing provided by Axon Sports is an invaluable tool in making those vital decisions, and we hope Washington Youth Soccer members begin implementing this new tool."

For more information about baseline testing, visit axonsports.com. To learn more about Washington Youth Soccer or the EPD program, visit washingtonyouthsoccer.org.

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