SAN ANTONIO – September 18, 2020 – Texas Youth Football & Cheer Association (TYFA) announced today, on National Concussion Awareness Day, that HitCheck, a mobile cognitive assessment tool that allows clinicians and trainers to baseline and assess athletes at anytime from anywhere, will be required for each player prior to beginning their season. HitCheck allows for the association to track individuals’ unique performance and screen for changes after a potential brain injury that may require additional medical attention.
The announcement today commemorates the fourth annual National Concussion Awareness Day, whose mission is “to start a conversation to increase concussion awareness nationally, raise funds for brain injury charitable organizations and show support for those suffering through social media, community events and press coverage.” Millions of brain injuries occur each year. While most can heal in about 10 days, over 50% of concussed athletes return to play the same day without proper screening and diagnosis.
TYFA provides youth athletes with opportunities to compete and win at some of the highest levels of youth football and cheer. It is one of the largest Independent Leagues in the country and the largest in Texas; serving tens of thousands of athletes every year. The league requires that every athlete baseline with HitCheck before being allowed to participate in activities.
“In a year of great uncertainty, we know we can count on HitCheck to keep our team safe and accurately assess each player for cognitive health. Its easy-to-use and flexible technology allows us to check in on our team at any time, even from the convenience of our own homes and using social distancing,”
Brian Morgan, President/CEO Texas Youth Football Association.