In response to growing concerns about concussions and head injuries in youth sports, Arizona Pop Warner Football and Cheer and Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration that will provide medical research about the effects of sport-related injuries.

As part of the program, all participants ages 10 years and older in Arizona Pop Warner’s flag and tackle football programs, as well as all participants in the organization’s cheerleading programs, will be required to complete an evaluation prior to play that will provide a baseline for future testing in the event of an injury.

This baseline evaluation will provide immediate data when testing young athletes after an injury, helping physicians determine the nature and extent of the injury and helping to assess a timeline for return to competition.

The two organizations will officially launch the program at a statewide clinic for Arizona Pop Warner’s football and cheer coaches on July 26 in Phoenix.

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