AYSA Partners with Banner Concussion Center

Partnership to provide concussion awareness, prevention and treatment
opportunities to youth soccer players
Phoenix, Ariz., - Banner Concussion Center and Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) have announced a new partnership that will provide much needed awareness, prevention methods and treatment of concussions which are prevalent in the sport of soccer.
Effective immediately, Banner Concussion Center will become "The Official Healthcare Provider of Arizona Youth Soccer". Banner Concussion Center will become the presenting sponsor of the AYSA Youth Development Academy. Moving forward, the Academy will be known as the, "AYSA Youth Development Academy Presented by Banner Concussion Center". Banner Health will also provide pre-concussion testing which is called baseline testing for all members of the AYSA Olympic Development Program for the 2013-14 season and various other services to AYSA members.
"Educating parents, coaches and athletes to recognize the signs of concussions and the appropriate steps that health care providers should take in the prevention, diagnosis and management of concussions is one of the most important issues in sports medicine today," said Dr. Steven M. Erickson, the medical director of the Banner Concussion Center and board certified Sports Medicine Specialist.
With fall sports season starting, Banner Concussion Center experts are encouraging athletes to get baseline concussion testing and they are asking schools to adopt a concussion policy that includes baseline neurocognitive testing for all athletes, including soccer players to ensure proper treatment and rehabilitation should they get injured.
"Arizona Youth Soccer Association is thrilled to commence our partnership with Banner Concussion Center," said Mark Thede, President of Arizona Youth Soccer Association. "The nature of our sport unfortunately lends to head injuries from time to time. Through our partnership with Banner Concussion Center, our goal as an association provide ongoing concussion education to our members on the best possible methods of prevention, how make our athletes aware of when to refrain from competition and how to best treat concussions when they occur. We are confident that this partnership will be incredibly beneficial for all youth soccer players, parents and coaches throughout Arizona!"
ABOUT BANNER CONCUSSION CENTER: The Banner Concussion Center's comprehensive approach to concussion care includes its concussion awareness and education program as well as balance, cognitive and vision testing. The clinical team is made up of specialists experienced in the diagnosis and management of concussion, including a readily accessible panel of subspecialists with experience in caring for patients with post-concussion syndrome and other concussion complications. In addition, a multidisciplinary research team collaborates to investigate all facets of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), commonly known as concussions. Learn more about the Banner Concussion Center. To make an appointment for baseline testing call (602) 839-7285.
ABOUT ARIZONA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION: Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) is a 501c(3) non-profit association. AYSA is the official youth soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer. AYSA represents 78 Member Leagues and Clubs comprising membership of more than 36,900 registered players, coaches, referees and league administrators. Servicing the entire state, AYSA provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for Players of all ages, genders and skill levels.
AYSA desires to promote the sport of soccer to all children throughout Arizona regardless of their status. In an effort to expand the availability of the sport, programs have been created to reach at-risk, underprivileged and underserved children incorporating the United States Youth Soccer Association motto that soccer is, "The game for ALL kids." The financial support from Banner Concussion Center via this partnership will be used maintain and enhance AYSA's after school program, "KICKIN' IT AFTER SCHOOL" which provides soccer instruction to children in Title 1 schools, TOPSoccer, a program that provides soccer instruction to those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) which serves to identify the players of the highest caliber and to put them on a path to the United States National teams. For more information, please visit www.azyouthsoccer.org
ABOUT AYSA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: To empower clubs to provide a variety of programming options for their Under-7 and Under-8 players. The AYSA Youth Academy Program philosophy is to emphasize player development over team development. The primary focus will center on the technical development of each child without the pressures of short term wins/losses/results.


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