Penguins Foundation & UPMC Sports Medicine Open Enrollment for 2019 Heads UP Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine are once again teaming up to offer the Heads UP Pittsburgh program, an innovative concussion awareness and baseline testing initiative for young athletes in the Pittsburgh region.

The 2019 testing program begins June 10, and testing will end the week of July 30.  Free neurocognitive baseline testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for 4,000 athletes ages 10+ and, the first 500 participants in the 7-9 age group. Additionally, the first 2,500 participants in the 10+ age group will receive a wind resistance strength builder.  

Registration is now open, and we advise you to register earlyas available dates and locations book very quickly. To register parents should visit www.upmc.com/baselinetesting.

The Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine will celebrate an unprecedented nine years for the Heads UP Pittsburgh program. Since 2011, the Heads UP Program has baseline tested over 20,000 young folks across 25 different sports and provided concussion education awareness to over 50,000 parents, coaches, referees and teachers. The program has expanded each year to serve more youth and include a wider spectrum of sports. Today, the program tests athletes in every major sport, cheerleading, dance, and many other physical activities.

This year, there are eight (8) testing sites. Community College of Allegheny County will once again serve as host to testing at its Boyce, North, South and West Hills Center campuses along with the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, and UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. New this year, patients can also visit the UPMC-Children’s Hospital South Fayette for their testing. 

The entire testing process takes about one hour.  Parents will meet with UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion staff to learn about Heads UP Pittsburgh.  Licensed athletic trainers from UPMC Sports Medicine will supervise the program and testing.  On the day of testing, participants must not be suffering from any symptoms of a concussion, nor have a suspected injury at the time of establishing their baseline.

About the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation:
Founded in 2010 the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is the 501c3 philanthropic hand of the 5X Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. With the belief that "Kids Are the Future," the Penguins Foundation focuses its efforts on making an impact on the lives of the littlest fans of the Penguins team and organization. Through programs related to the Penguins Foundation's pillars of youth hockey, wellness, education and community development, the Foundation has been able to make countless assists to the community in just a few short seasons including an overall contribution of $37 million to charitable causes since 2010.

For more information, visit: www.pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org