Sports Legacy Institute’s New Concussion Checklist Provides Valuable Links and Info
for Parents and Coaches

Former USMNT and MLS star Taylor Twellman has become a vocal advocate for concussion education since repeated brain trauma ended his career. His website,, is a valuable resource for parents, athletes and coaches.

For many years, Washington Youth Soccer has been at the forefront of education in the field of concussion research, evaluation and prevention. Washington Youth Soccer President Doug Andreassen was among the framers of the state’s 2009 Zackery Lystedt Law, one of the nation’s first comprehensive return-to-play laws related to head injuries, and a model for similar laws in other states, leagues and even the professional ranks in the years since.

Today, Washington Youth Soccer continues to lead when it comes to keeping our children safe on the playing field, enjoying the healthy benefits of soccer for years to come. This summer, Chris Nowinski of the Sports Legacy Institute, a leading head-injury research firm based in Boston, Mass., developed the Concussion Checklist, a 10-point checklist providing resources and information related to head injuries, including education, prevention and recovery.

Among the resources available on the checklist are:

  • Head injury education programs for parents, coaches, referees, administrators, teachers, nurses, athletic trainers and more.
  • Training programs specifically designed to reduce the risk of concussions, both through learning proper techniques, and building strength in the neck and core.
  • Resources and checklists to help coaches and trainers quickly and accurately diagnose a concussion.
  • Links to laws in every state regarding concussions, including when an athlete must be removed from play, and when they can return.
  • And More!

In addition, the Sports Legacy Institute offers a brief Concussion Checklist Test to determine how well-prepared your program is to keep young athletes safe from concussion. Visit today to make sure that you’re prepared for the season ahead. Together, we can keep our young players happy and healthy, and enjoying the beautiful game for a lifetime to come.

Washington Youth Soccer

Washington Youth Soccer • 500 S. 336th St. Suite 100 • Federal Way, WA 98003
1-877-424-4318 (Toll Free) • (253) 4-SOCCER (476-2237)

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