TUKWILA, Wash. (Jan. 7, 2015) – Washington Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the state of Washington, is again at the forefront of youth sports concussion safety as it will participate in a large scale collection of head impact data from its youth athletes during interstate competition. Players from the Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development (EPD) program will wear the Triax Technologies Smart Impact Monitors (SIM™) as they compete in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) Championships January 8-11 in Phoenix, AZ.
Triax SIM™ devices are worn in comfortable, unobtrusive headbands to record head impacts, and transmit data in real time from the field to a smart phone or tablet on the sideline. This cutting edge technology allows players to track up to 180 individual head impacts measuring the G-force of direct hits and jarring through linear and rotational measures. The SIM allows coaches, trainers and parents to identify when a player has experienced a significant head impact or a series of repetitive “sub-concussive” hits that might require altering technique or removal from play for assessment.
“After recently being in Seattle with some of the Washington Youth Soccer players, it’s exciting to see their state EPD program taking this important step in safety,” said Abby Wambach, U.S. Women’s National Team and all-time leading scorer. “I encourage these players to use the Triax SIM in their training beyond this tournament, just as I am doing in my own training heading into this summer’s World Cup.”
The first device of its kind to be Hit Count® certified in all sports categories as defined by the Sports Legacy Institute, Triax SIM devices are currently being used by more than 18 research institutions around the country as part of various research projects to better understand sports concussions and the impact of sub-concussive hits.
“For the last seven years, Washington Youth Soccer has been driving change in how head impacts are regarded by our nation’s youth sports communities. Now, with the new ability to accurately quantify impacts, we are able to help define where changes to play or technique could be made for player safety.” states Washington Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher. “We are committed to providing young athletes with the safest environment possible and look forward to seeing the greater findings these data can provide.”
The Washington Youth Soccer EPD players began wearing the Triax SIM devices during trainings leading into the US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships, where the top players from each Western state will compete, and they will continue to wear the devices in competition throughout the event and their season. In addition to tracking hits during play, the SIM data gathered from these players will also be used to evaluate trends and glean lessons to foster better understanding of head impact risk and management.
Washington Youth Soccer has been a leader in implementing proper concussion protocols and awareness, driving adoption throughout US Youth Soccer, and building support at the congressional level. This partnership with Triax Technologies is a natural extension of the organizations ongoing commitment to player safety.
“The benefits gained from this partnership will continue far beyond the tournament,” said Dale Hollingsworth, CEO and Founder of Triax Technologies. “Our goal is to improve player safety. And now, with Washington Youth Soccer, we are championing new research that will lead to safer training and more informed decision-making.”
For more information on Triax Technologies, visit TriaxTec.com or contact Chad Hollingsworth
Triax Technologies, Inc
Triax Technologies, Inc is a U.S.-based product development company committed to setting new standards in the health and wellbeing of athletes. Working together with leading research institutions, we innovate, develop, manufacture and market new products that are designed specifically to meet emerging needs of athletes and those who are involved in ensuring their health and safety. Our goal is to put players first and support their development starting at the youth level by developing technology to address their needs. For more information, please visit www.TriaxTec.com.