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Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare Host 18 Indiana High-School Football Programs for Student-Athlete Health and Safety Clinic

Eighteen Indiana high-school football programs were hosted Thursday at the Indianapolis Colts’ headquarters at an exclusive event focused on student-athlete health and safety.

The event was the culmination of the inaugural HELMETs sweepstakes, a collaboration between the Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare to enhance health and safety of young athletes through proper equipment, education and training.

Select players, coaches and school administrators from each school attended the event, which featured remarks from guest speaker and former Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem and a Heads Up Football™ clinic conducted by USA Football; and concluded with an awards ceremony at which Tri-West Hendricks High School was selected at random to win the HELMETs grand prize of new 5-star helmets for the school’s varsity football program (valued at $25,000). The 17 remaining finalists each received a $1,000 donation to the school’s athletic department.

HELMETs encourages and motivates Indiana high-school football programs to strengthen their commitment to player health and safety by enrolling in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program – endorsed by leading medical associations and the NFL – to advance coaching education and student-athlete safety. Eighteen schools were nominated by fans as part of the 2015 sweepstakes:

Avon High School
Carmel High School
Chesterton High School
Decatur Central High School
Delphi Community High School
East Noble High School
Evansville F.J. Reitz High School
Fishers High School
Lapel High School
Monrovia High School
New Castle Chrysler High School
New Prairie High School
Plymouth High School
Roncalli High School
Southport High School
Tri High School
Tri-West Hendricks High School
West Washington High School

“We are excited to host the culmination of the inaugural HELMETs initiative,” said Matt Godbout, Colts senior vice president of business development. “Our partnership with UnitedHealthcare is off to a great start, and we look forward to growing the game of football together through education and safe equipment.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to join the Indianapolis Colts and USA Football in advancing young athletes’ health and safety,” said Dan Krajnovich, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Indiana and Kentucky. “HELMETs connects coaches, parents and athletes with tools and resources to address the issues that affect athletes. These finalists are outstanding examples of high schools and coaching staffs committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves on the field.”

“HELMETs is an important and exciting partnership for the good of student-athletes across our home state, and we’re pleased to contribute to it,” said USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck. “Coaches are teachers. Supporting their programs with education and quality equipment are powerful catalysts for exceptional and fun football experiences that fuel lasting fitness, academic and social benefits.”

USA Football is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the country.

The 2016 HELMETs sweepstakes officially launched today. To be eligible, high-school football programs in Indiana must commit to enhancing player health and safety through Heads Up Football certification. Heads Up Football offers certification clinics, combined with an online curriculum, to educate coaches about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved concussion recognition and response protocols, proper equipment fitting, Heads Up tackling, Heads Up blocking, heat emergency preparedness and hydration, and sudden cardiac arrest. More details about USA Football’s Heads Up Football program can be found at www.usafootball.com/headsup.

UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 870,000 people in Indiana with a network of 170 hospitals and nearly 21,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

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New Jersey Trainers Give their Highest Award to Congressman Championing Concussion Awareness

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) has recognized Congressman Bill Pascrell with its 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award, given to those who have made “an impression on the profession of athletic training within New Jersey.”

The Presidential Award is the ATSNJ’s highest civilian award. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. was selected due to his “dedicated service to concussion awareness and treatment as well as his devotion to sports safety.”

As the co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Congressman Pascrell has raised the nation’s awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was identified as the “signature injury” among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Congressman Pascrell has worked to make sure that our soldiers are properly screened and diagnosed for concussions. He continues to fight for TRICARE insurance coverage to pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy – the most effective treatment for soldiers recovering from TBI.

After the tragic death of Montclair High School football player Ryne Dougherty in 2008, the congressman’s efforts against the dangers of TBI have expanded to help protect young athletes. On Sept. 30, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Pascrell’s Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act. The legislation calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines and protocols for the management and treatment of sports-related concussions for the benefit of the nation’s student-athletes.

ATSNJ President Eric Schwartz states, “It is a privilege to be giving the 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award to the Honorable Bill Pascrell for his continued work in the prevention, education, and treatments of brain injuries. Congressman Pascrell has been at the forefront for promoting concussion research and supporting athletic trainers as medical experts when it comes to concussion. We at ATSNJ thank the congressman for his support of the profession of athletic training and making athlete safety a priority!”

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Major League Lacrosse Joins Concussion Legacy Foundation to Host 2016 Concussion Awareness Week

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced it will partner with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to host the first ever MLL Concussion Awareness Week June 5-11, which will be celebrated at five different MLL home stadiums. Throughout the week, the organizations, teams and players will engage fans and the lacrosse community through social media and events to educate on the seriousness of concussions.file000726425941 (1)

The announcement marks a continuation of a strategic partnership between MLL and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to solving the concussion crisis through research, policy and education. The partnership highlights the importance of player safety, and this year again includes concussion education presentations provided by the Foundation for each MLL team.

“We pride ourselves on having the most progressive player safety program in professional sports, and our continued partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation is paramount to that mission,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “With Concussion Awareness Week, we will use our platform and the Foundation’s unparalleled expertise to raise awareness of the importance of concussion prevention and management.”

The Concussion Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. MLL first began its partnership with the Foundation in 2013 with the development of a comprehensive concussion program focusing on research, education, prevention, diagnosis and management, with innovations such as the concussion check and the concussion caretaker model.

“We are thrilled to partner with Major League Lacrosse for Concussion Awareness Week,” said Concussion Legacy Foundation executive director Chris Nowinski. “Concussion awareness is a shared responsibility, and this is a great opportunity to partner together and promote prevention and proper management of concussions for our country’s fastest-growing sport.”

In addition to the Concussion Awareness Week programming, MLL has named the Concussion Legacy Foundation its 2016 All-Star Game charity beneficiary. The 2016 All-Star Game will take place Saturday, July 9 at Cal State Fullerton, in Orange County, California. For more information on the game, click

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