Kearns, UT (January 9, 2020) – US Speedskating, the national governing body responsible for the conduct and administration of speedskating in the United States, announces a partnership with TeachAids, a nonprofit leader in global education innovation. Through this special collaboration the organizations will work together to improve head safety.
The CrashCourse concussion education is a product of a multi-year effort from over a hundred leading medical and industry experts from throughout the United States. The innovative curriculum integrates state-of-the-art technology and interactive features to improve understanding and awareness surrounding concussions.
“CrashCourse by TeachAids not only incorporates all the latest science about concussions - it does so in an engaging way that truly resonates with youth athletes,” said Geoffrey Abrams, Director of Sports Medicine at Stanford University. “It’s inspiring to see this comprehensive and compelling education being distributed and used by youth athletes nationwide.”
US Speedskating joins a growing cohort of national governing bodies of sport who will provide concussion education to their membership through multiple channels. This information will be shared on the US Speedskating website, through social media channels and through its weekly e-newsletter to its members.
Concussion education is vital for individuals from all sports, and speedskating is no exception. Olympic medalist Carlijn Schoutens received a concussion from falling on the ice in 2015. Lacking basic education about concussions, she didn’t realize she could have a concussion until US Speedskating staff sent her to the hospital. This concussion led to a year-long struggle with Post Concussion Syndrome.
“It would have been good for me to know more about concussions before I had mine. I didn’t know what type of symptoms to be mindful of, or how important it would be to be patient during my recovery,” explained Schoutens. “I am so happy to see US Speedskating taking this step to provide early concussion education to the athletes.”
“US Speedskating is excited to partner with TeachAids to distribute this groundbreaking concussion education to all those in our community,” said Ted Morris, Executive Director of US Speedskating. “We look forward to the impact this partnership can make in the lives of our athletes.”
“We are so pleased to partner with US Speedskating. They continue to be a leader in providing outstanding preventative care to all their athletes,” said Dr. Piya Sorcar, Founder and CEO of TeachAids.
The CrashCourse curriculum will be instituted throughout US Speedskating’s programs nationwide starting today. The program is also available for free by visiting: http://crashcourse.teachaids.org.
About US Speedskating
US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speed skating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speed skating in the United States. The Organization has won 88 Olympic medals, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow USS on Twitter, Instagram, on Facebook and at www.usspeedskating.org.
About CrashCourse by TeachAids
TeachAids designs and develops research-based educational technology products to address difficult societal learning challenges, and distributes them worldwide for free. A 501(c)(3) social impact venture spun out of Stanford University, it is backed by Google, Microsoft, UNICEF, and others. Its software is used in 82 countries to help educate 500M+ people. For more information visit @TeachAids on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and at TeachAids.org.