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XLNTbrain Taps Former NFL Offensive Lineman Tony Mandarich as Spokesperson

XLNTbrain has secured former NFL offensive lineman Tony Mandarich to speak on behalf of the sports concussion management system during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, January 11, 2016 during a radio interview tour leading up to the kickoff.

According to Steve Lewis, CEO of XLNTbrain, Mandarich provides an authentic, transparency to the concussion world.

“Tony’s life story of recovering from major difficulties, and becoming successful again in both personal and professional endeavors is very compelling,” said Lewis. “His reflections on his own concussions and health, education, recovery and responsibility reflect core values that can be applied not only in youth athletics and concussion management but in life generally. “We are excited about this affiliation, and hope we can help bring more awareness to what is being done now about sports concussions.”

A 1988 All-American for the Michigan State University Spartans, Mandarich will be onsite in Scottsdale, Arizona speaking with local, and national media at the “Audio Avenue,” providing game commentary, as well as revealing his concussion experiences as associated with XLNTbrain. Should underdog (3) Michigan State beat (2) Alabama in the playoff game on December 31, Mandarich’s football expertise will surely be in greater demand.

Mandarich is perhaps best known for being “the best offensive line prospect ever,” by Sports Illustrated in 1989. He came into the league as the second overall draft pick by the Green Bay Packers.

“With concussions being so prominent and affecting so many people on and off the field, I’m glad to be affiliated with this advanced concussion system. From what I’ve experienced with concussions personally, and what XLNTbrain is doing, I think we could play a big role in helping the problem go away,” said Mandarich, who played for the Packers until 1998.

After his playing days, Mandarich’s story has been well-documented for overcoming painkiller addiction and alcoholism, unfortunately which are common conditions among former NFL players. He also penned, My Dirty Little Secrets — Steroids, Alcohol & God in 2009 to help others struggling with these issues. Based in Scottsdale, Mandarich is also a professional photographer with an extensive library, and related services at http://www.TonyMandarich.com.

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Triax Becomes First Company to Gain Hit Count® Certification for Soccer, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse and Other Sports

The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit concussion education, advocacy and research organization, has announced that sports technology company Triax’s SIM device is the first head impact sensor device to pass every Hit Count® Certification category. The Triax SIM device can track an athlete’s Hit Count® in helmets for football, ice hockey, and men’s lacrosse, as well as for unhelmeted sports like soccer and women’s lacrosse, according to SLI.

“The Sports Legacy Institute has led the creation of the Hit Count® Program, including a Certification that parents, athletes, coaches, schools and sports leagues can rely on to select a head impact sensor system. At Triax, our first priority is to help protect athletes,” said Dale Hollingsworth, co-founder and CEO of Triax. “We are very proud to be the first system to gain Hit Count® certification for ALL the sports that SLI assesses. Triax has worked closely with leading researchers into concussion in sports to create a wireless sensor system that is highly effective yet affordable, convenient to use and comfortable to wear. We are confident that providing coaches and parents with an accurate Hit Count® will be a critical step in creating the safest possible environment for athletes.”

Inspired by Pitch Counts in youth baseball and Step Counts in fitness, the SLI Hit Count® Program is a simple, actionable way for parents and coaches to reduce risk of concussion by monitoring head impacts, and then minimizing head impacts through data-driven behavior change. Hit Count® Certified devices allow parents and coaches to track Hits, defined as impacts exceeding 20g’s of linear acceleration. Certified devices have passed a test developed with the University of Ottawa’s Neurotrauma Impact Laboratory, under the leadership of Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki, to assess the accuracy of sensors at the 20g Hit Count® threshold. The test does not assess the accuracy of sensors at other thresholds.

Tracking an athlete’s Hit Count® creates opportunities to change behavior through identifying improper techniques, as well as provides feedback to help coaches modify practice schedules to keep their team Hit Count® low. Hit Count® data will soon be accompanied by a Hit Count® score, which will tell athletes and coaches how their Hit Count® compares to their peers, according to SLI.

“Research using sensor devices has revealed that each year in the United States, over 1.5 billion impacts to the head occur in youth and high school football players,” said SLI Founding Executive Director Chris Nowinski. “Studies show most hits are unnecessary and occur in practice. By utilizing Hit Count® Certified devices as a teaching tool for coaches and a behavior modification tool for athletes, we could eliminate over 500 million head impacts next season, and the countless concussions those Hits would have caused.”

The Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, PA) has purchased Triax sensors for all their Upper School contact sport athletes and will be monitoring each team and athlete’s Hit Count®. “We are committed to the safety of our students. By embracing this new technology, we believe we can prevent concussions by minimizing the number of Hits, as well as improve our ability to recognize concussions by monitoring significant impacts. Knowing Hit Counts will allow us to make data-driven decisions on how to more safely teach and practice sports, as well as provide better individualized coaching,” said Shipley’s Head of School Steve Piltch.

Triax (TriaxTec.com) is only the second company to pass the Hit Count® Certification and the first to pass for all four sports categories. “Head sensor devices involve complex technology, and some sensors on the market today may not be accurate,” said Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki. “Hit Count® Certification, the first and only sensor certification in the marketplace, gives the consumer and research scientists the confidence that the sensors are accurately measuring 20g impacts, providing simple and actionable data.”

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