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 •  October 27, 2017

Play to win, but play positively, too. City of Mesa Youth Sports sends this signal to all its teams through an innovative program called the Positive Play Project. Begun in fall 2013, the program encourages safety and wellness in Youth Sports by partnering with parents/guardians, coaches and local and national organizations, such as Mesa’s A.T....

East Valley Tribune

 •  October 8, 2016

Photo on file “Schools realize the liability issues,” said Bryce Nalepa, the athletic training coordinator at the Banner Concussion Center. “They know they can’t afford not to have someone there able to give good care.” All Arizona high school athletes must now participate in the Brainbook program developed by Barrow Neurological Center. To date,...

East Valley Tribune

 •  June 24, 2016

[David Jolkovski/Tribune] Coach Jeff Rutledge frequently talks to his players about safety and reporting injuries. His school conducts baseline testing on all athletes in the event any suffer a concussion so doctors have data for comparison. After playing in college at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant as well as...

East Valley Tribune

 •  June 21, 2016

The medical director of the Banner Concussion Center discusses baseline testing which allows doctors to compare a person's skills if they are concussed
Erickson worked as the head sports physician at Arizona State University for 12 years and was the medical consultant for MLB umpires. During those years, he says he “took care of a lot of...