Seventeen national governing bodies join forces with award-winning nonprofit TeachAids to release the first segment of the CrashCourse Multi-Sport Concussion Education Series, the Brain Fly-Through, exploring the complexities and fragility of the human brain.
Stanford, CA—July 14, 2020—Following on the success of CrashCourse Football, TeachAids is beginning development of Multi-Sport Concussion Education. The first step is today’s release of the CrashCourse Brain Fly-Through, in collaboration with USA Archery, USA Artistic Swimming, USA Baseball, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, USA Cycling, USA Diving, USA Fencing, USA Field Hockey, USA Football, USA Gymnastics, USA Hockey, US Lacrosse, US Ski & Snowboard, US Speedskating, USA Taekwondo, USA Triathlon and USA Wrestling.
“It’s exciting to see leadership across our USOPC national governing bodies working together to embrace evidence-based education to make our sports safer,” says Dr. Michael Stuart, Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN and Chief Medical and Safety Officer for USA Hockey. “With its 10-year history of developing world-class products, TeachAids has once again produced groundbreaking and compelling content to further health education.”
Using state-of-the art technology from Stanford University’s Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center, world mountain biking champion, Kate Courtney, takes the viewer on a journey through the human brain. Using dramatic race footage coupled with her own personal concussion experience, this fly-through emphasizes the importance of reporting one’s head injury immediately.
“It was an honor to participate in this CrashCourse production. I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to share my personal experiences, with the hope of helping others,” said World Mountain Biking Champion, Kate Courtney.
This educational software has been developed with many of the world’s leading researchers and clinical experts in concussions and curriculum development. These groups worked closely together to better understand and evaluate the common stigma that has grown in the public perception of concussions, and helped create effective interactive content for athletes, parents and coaches.
“The CrashCourse team consists of leading advisors across the medical field working to take the latest science and transform it into knowledge for our sports community,” says Dr. Josh Bloom, Team Physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, USA Baseball and Sports Medicine Physician with the Carolina Sports Concussion Clinic. “This product serves as an effective resource to understanding the complexities of the human brain and why promptly reporting injuries is so important.”
The CrashCourse Brain Fly-Through will be distributed to 10,000+ schools across the United States via a special partnership with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education. It will also be used by dozens of CrashCourse partners including the Brain Injury Association of America, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and the Headway Foundation.
Available today, the CrashCourse Brain Fly-Through can be accessed online as a standard video and in virtual reality. The next product in the Multi-Sport Concussion Education Suite will be the Symptoms Story Wall, an interactive database which includes hundreds of personal narratives from those impacted by this invisible injury.