USA Taekwondo and TeachAids Parter to Promote Concussion Awareness and Understanding
TeachAids officially announces a partnership with USA Taekwondo. USA Taekwondo joins 22 other US Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Governing Bodies to disseminate the CrashCourse concussion education.
“We at Taekwondo take the health and safety of our athletes as our first priority. As an athlete or a coach in a high contact sport, it is critical all are trained to recognize a concussion and understand the importance of dealing with such immediately. The CrashCourse curriculum provides a great resource for further enabling us to provide state of the art concussion training,” says May Spence, Senior Director of High Performance of USA Taekwondo.
Dr. Piya Sorcar, Founder and CEO of TeachAids, remarks, “We are thrilled to be joining with the exceptional leadership at USA Taekwondo to provide CrashCourse concussion education to their athletes and coaches. Concussions are a challenge facing so much of the sports world. Together, we are committed to making sport safer through evidence-based education.”
“CrashCourse provides an attractive and compelling way to improve the understanding of concussions,” states Paul Green, USATKD Coaching Director. “The more our athletes and coaches know about these injuries, the better off our sport will be. This is an important partnership!”
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognizes USA Taekwondo (USAT) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Taekwondo in the United States. A primary function of the NGB is to conduct national and international events in its sport.
The object of Taekwondo is to land kicks and punches on your opponent’s scoring zones: one point is awarded for a valid kick or punch to the torso, two points for a valid spinning kick, three points for a valid kick to the head and four points for a turning kick to the head. The action takes place inside an 8m x 8m ring, with each contest made up of three two-minute rounds. Over their standard white uniform, known as a ‘Dobok’, competitors wear colored protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as ‘Chung’, while the competitor in red is ‘Hong’. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Games, but was not officially added to the Olympic program until the Sydney 2000 Games. Since then, USA Taekwondo has earned Ten Olympic medals– Three gold, two silver and five bronze.