Sports Brain Launches Publicly Accessible Baseline Concussion Testing around Metro Chicago Area

Sports Brain has debuted its baseline concussion testing programs at multiple locations around the Metro Chicago area. Sports Brain has launched testing locations at Players U. in Mt. Prospect, IL, Albany Park Community Center on the north side of the City of Chicago and at its Sports Brain Concussion Lab in Northbrook, Illinois.

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Concussions are one of the biggest problems in all levels of sports and we want to create every opportunity for our athletes to have comprehensive baseline concussion testing, said Roy Kessel, one of the Founders of Sports Brain.

Deerfield, Illinois (PRWEB) March 31, 2014

“We are very excited to get these testing centers open,” said Roy Kessel, one of the Founders of Sports Brain. “Concussions are one of the biggest problems in all levels of sports and we want to create every opportunity for our athletes to have comprehensive baseline concussion testing.”

“Sports Brain’s testing model does not rely solely on a computerized neurocognitive test,” said Kessel. “We have strongly advocated for a multi-faceted testing approach for a long time and recent studies have confirmed the importance of testing multiple dimensions of performance. Our testing model not only incorporates neurocognitive tests, but also vision tracking, balance and virtual reality simulations. The combination of these tests gives us the best opportunity to provide the athlete’s medical providers with objective, measurable data which can be used in the recovery process.”

“We recognize that many organizations move slowly to take the necessary steps to have all of their athletes tested,” said Kessel. “We wanted to make sure that we also put the decision in the hands of the parents who were concerned about their own child’s health and safety.”

“Sports Brain has travelled around the country the last few years evaluating emerging concussion technologies,” said Kessel. “We believe that it is important to push more organizations to implement comprehensive baseline concussion testing programs instead of relying solely on computerized neurocognitive tests.”

“We are excited to have Sports Brain place one of their Concussion Studios within our facility,” said Les O’Hara, owner of elite training facility Players U. in Mt. Prospect. “Sports Brain conducted testing at our facility last fall and we are excited to expand our relationship with them in 2014.”

“Sports Brain has already been a terrific partner for us by collaborating with our organization for the promotion of education programs relating to concussions for parents in our communities,” said John Pady, Director of Corporate Partnerships at APCC. “We believe that the important services Sports Brain provides will be a benefit to fighting the concussion battle and helping to protect the health and safety of our athletes.”

“Sports Brain has done a tremendous job working with members of our Retired Players Chapter,” said Brent Novoselsky, VP Finance of the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago Chapter. “We believe that their baseline concussion testing model is an important step forward for helping to protect the health and safety of our youth athletes as they progress their athletic careers.”

“We are excited about the organizations that we currently work with,” said Roy Kessel. “More importantly, we anticipate expanding our services to other parts of the Metro Chicago area and to work closely with other organizations who are concerned with the long term health and safety of their athletes.”

“We anticipate announcing our next set of testing centers during the month of April and an updated list of all testing times and locations can be found on our website. Our goal is to make this testing cost-effective and easily accessible for all sports organizations,” said Kessel.

About Sports Brain:

Sports Brain is a Chicago based organization concentrating on the implementation of comprehensive concussion baseline testing and concussion management programs to youth, high school, college, and professional sports organizations. Sports Brain also provides cognitive, mental toughness, and leadership development training to maximize mental performance both on and off the field. Sports Brain fights concussions by offering flexible schedules with multiple locations to make baseline testing more accessible. For more information, visit http://www.SportsBrain.com.


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