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Blackhawks announce youth concussion awareness program

11/01/2011 4:58 PM

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The Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), AthletiCo Physical Therapy and the Midwest Center for Concussion Care today announced the creation of the ‘A Step aHead’ initiative to combat concussions in young hockey players.

Through ‘A Step aHead’, complimentary baseline concussion testing will be offered to all AHAI members ages 13-18 from Nov. 1, 2011 through Feb. 1, 2012, as well as educational programs to youth players throughout the AHAI program. The testing is used to establish a baseline of normal cognitive function for each individual athlete, the results of which are then used as part of comprehensive clinical evaluation following any head trauma.

The four groups have pledged to educate the Illinois youth hockey community on the importance of concussion management. For more information, visit, and for resources and information on how AHAI members can register, visit