USA Fencing and TeachAids Join Together to Provide Expanded Concussion Education
TeachAids proudly announces a partnership with USA Fencing, the national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States. USA Fencing joins 22 other US Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Governing Bodies to disseminate the CrashCourse concussion education, including formal certification.
“The health and safety of our athletes is always our primary concern. We are excited to join with TeachAids in an added effort through education to enhance the understanding of head injuries for our athletes, parents, coaches and officials at all levels,” says Suzie Riewald, FenceSafe Manager of USA Fencing.
Dr. Jeremy Summers, Director of Medicine for USA Fencing (2015-2021), summarizes by saying “Increasing educational awareness not only of our athletes, coaches, and parents but also of our officials for USA Fencing events is one of our strategic goals for 2022. The compelling interactive CrashCourse education products are a timely and great supplement to this mission. This will prove to be a most valuable partnership.”
Dr. Adam Thompson, Sports Medicine Contractor for USA Fencing, adds ”A five-year epidemiology research project on head injuries within USA Fencing was recently presented at the International Olympic Committee World Conference and an abstract of that study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The research outcomes were positive and informative. The decision by USAF administration to increase medical providers at fencing events as well as promote rule changes and provide education to participants, coaches, referees, and parents proved influential in the prevention, identification, and management of head injuries. CrashCourse is yet another initiative that will directly benefit the fencing community well.”
The CrashCourse curriculum, including certification, will be instituted for free throughout USA Fencing’s programs nationwide starting today via their website and other channels.
USA Fencing is the recognized national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States. Its mission statement is to grow and promote the sport of fencing in the United States, honor its rich traditions, and achieve sustained competitive international excellence. USA Fencing was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. USA Fencing is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. For more information on USA Fencing, visit usafencing.org or follow us on Twitter @USAFencing, Facebook at USA Fencing, YouTube at USAFencing, LinkedIn at USA Fencing, and Instagram at @usfencing.