Pre-race course inspection, concussion baseline testing support racers
August 22, 2015 — The Kurt Caselli Foundation (KCF) was on hand at Round 7 of the AMA National Hare & Hound series in Panaca, NV, collecting valuable concussion baseline data from youth racers and providing pre-race course inspection and guidance.
The event began early Friday morning with off-road legend Paul Krause completing the KCF’s mandatory pre-ride of the three-loop, 100-mile Hare & Hound course. Krause was able to inspect the entire race course-providing feedback to the hosting club about possible dangers and areas to improve course markings.
As sign-up opened for the increasingly numerous AMA Youth Hare & Hound racers, The KCF was set up to administer the King-Devick concussion baseline test to youth racers who have not yet received their baseline score. It’s important for participants to receive a baseline score so they can be evaluated after an impact if necessary. Sign-up proves an excellent time and place to capture as many young racers’, and their parents’, attention as possible.
The King-Devick Test is an objective remove-from-play sideline concussion-screening test that can be administered by parents and coaches in minutes. The King-Devick Test is an accurate and reliable method for identifying athletes with head trauma.
At The Kurt Caselli Foundation, we believe we can create a safer environment for all of our youth racers by identifying concussions and mild traumatic brain injury early. Early detection from King-Devick test results can provide parents with valuable information to use, along with health care professionals, to determine proper treatment for their children and encouraging kids to receive proper treatment before returning to sport.
The Kurt Caselli Foundation would like to thank the Silver State Trail Blazers, The NHHA and all of the Youth hare & hound parents for making it possible for us to drive forward our mission of Protecting And Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders.