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Dick’s Sporting Goods’ PACE program offers free concussion screenings to schools

With team sports back on the fields for the new school year, it’s important to be educated on how to prevent and treat sports-related injuries.

There were 3.8 million sports-and-recreation-related concussions last year. It’s one of the reasons Dick’s Sporting Goods has created PACE (Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education). This year, PACE is partnering with retired halfback Jerome “The Bus” Bettis to offer post-concussion screenings to 3,335 eligible middle and high schools.

Eligible schools will be equipped with ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) software, along with a 12-month subscription, providing these schools the ability to baseline-test up to 1 million students throughout the country.

“Taking a baseline test regularly when teams do physicals is a critical step,” Bettis wrote in a media statement. “This way, everyone has the information they need, on and off the field.”

Here’s more info about the program:

To submit your school for the program, Click here. You can also help fund this program from now through Sept. 12 by purchasing a pair of athletic shoes from Dick’s Sporting Goods. $1 of each pair will go toward PACE. Dick’s will also donate $1 to the program if you spread the word about it on Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare.

Here’s a hilarious of Bettis getting the word out:

I don’t know how far you’ll get sticking your head through a shoebox at a Dick’s location, but you can get the word out on PACE by connecting through Dick’s on Facebook , following @dicks on Twitter or following Dick’s on Foursquare. Dick’s will donate $1 just for you sharing info on the program by using the hasthtag #DSGPACE on twitter or for checking into a Dick’s location on Foursquare or Facebook Places.

These injuries are not easy to get over, so I support any positive effort to protect our kids’ noggins while they’re out on the field. So help me get the word out!

This opportunity was provided to me as an influencer on Klout. I was given information on PACE and a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods as a Klout perk, but was not required to publish or share information on Dick’s Sporting Goods or the PACE program. All opinions are 100% mine unless attributed otherwise.

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