Philadelphia Soul and Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center Announce Partnerhip with Bert Bell Youth Football League

Designed to Educate Coaches While Providing Tools for Safety

PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2015) – The Philadelphia Soul and Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (JCCC)  are partnering with the Bert Bell Youth Football League in an effort to promote safety and concussion awareness while keeping the game of football thriving.

Through their dual partnerships with Rothman Institute, the Soul and JCCC will conduct a sports concussion seminar for all Bert Bell coaches to be held at the Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA on Sunday, May 3 at 5pm.  The seminar will cover the following critical sports concussion education elements:  the science of a concussion, concussion reduction (how to reduce number of injuries including a heads up tackling instruction), concussion recognition, concussion management and return to play progression. Coaches can register at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com/bertbclinic.

Additionally, all Bert Bell youth football players that purchase a ticket to “Bert Bell Night” at the Philadelphia Soul game on Saturday, May 2 at the will receive a complimentary ImPACT Baseline Test. More information as well as registration is available at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com/bertbell.  

“Our league is serious about doing everything we can to keep our kids safe, said Bert Bell Director Dan Macartney.  “This program gives a much more comprehensive education to the coaches that work with our kids.  We have made it mandatory for all coaches in our league to participate in this seminar.  Further, we believe the baseline tests are a critical tool to manage the concussion process minimizing the effects related and we strongly urge our players and cheerleaders to take advantage of this opportunity provided to our league.”

“I am excited to be forming this incredible partnership with the JCCC, Rothman Institute and the Bert Bell League,” said Soul owner and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski.  “We need to educate our coaches and provide tools to our athletes to keep them safe and keep the best sport in the world thriving.  The Soul, my partners including Marques Colston and I will be heavily involved throughout this partnership to provide resources and opportunities to keep kids safe.” 

“Education is a key component of what we do,” said Linda Mazzoli, director, JCCC, director sports concussion program, Rothman Institute. “Concussion injuries are very complex, but the things we do know need to be conveyed to parents, coaches and athletes before a season begins.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of injury, the management and treatment, and post-concussion care are critical to returning athletes not only to the field of play, but back to school and normal everyday life.  Partnerships like this are important in getting the word out. We are very excited to be involved and look forward to a successful relationship.”

The seminar and baseline testing opportunities are just the beginning of this partnership.  There will be continual collaboration between all partners to support the effort of keeping kids safe and the game of football thriving.

ABOUT PHILADELPHIA SOUL
The Philadelphia Soul are entering their 10th Anniversary Season.  Season and Group tickets for the Soul’s upcoming 2015 season are on sale now.  For 2015 season tickets, contact the Soul sales department at (215) 253-4900 ext. 3, or request contact from a representative by filling out the form on www.philadelphiasoul.com.  Follow the Soul on Facebook at facebook.com/soul and Twitter at twitter.com/soulfootball. 

ABOUT JEFFERSON COMPREHENSIVE CONCUSSION CENTER
The Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center opened in 2014 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, establishing itself as the region’s first multi-organization center for concussion treatment and research. The Center is a collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rothman Institute, and Wills Eye Hospital. Jefferson, Rothman, and Wills Eye provide team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers, and over 40 area high schools and colleges. For more information, visit Jefferson.edu/concussion.

ABOUT ROTHMAN INSTITUTE
Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at 20 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA. 

With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and  rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment  methods, research, education and technology. 

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as the Philadelphia Soul and several college and high school teams.

For more information about Rothman Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit www.RothmanInstitute.com.

ABOUT BERT BELL LEAGUE
Established in 1962, The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference provides football and cheerleading for the surburban Philadelphia Area, including Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, and Delaware Counties as well as New Castle County, Delaware.  The Conference was founded to further the ideals of the game of football at the school level.  Its general purpose is to strive to equip boys and girls with mechanical skills, physical condition and metal attitude necessary for the pursuance of the game at the high school and college level.  Also, to teach through supervision and by example the principles of sportsmanship and fair play, without undue emphasis on winning or losing.  This program shall be implemented in such a way as to make no sacrifice to scholastic achievement.  Contrarily, it shall be the purpose to teach participants that eligibility for athletic activity is based on satisfactory performance in the classroom.