ImPACT Testing

for Young Athletes

Carz N’ Toyz gift provides baseline tests for local athletes


More than 600 children from South Jersey’s largest local youth football organization will receive free baseline ImPACT testing through Virtua’s Concussion Management Program, thanks to a $10,000 gift from Carz N’ Toyz.

When athletes return to the game too soon after sustaining a concussion, the consequences can be fatal. ImPACT testing among young athletes is critical to their health and safety. It measures an athlete’s brain function before an injury occurs. Having a baseline improves the accuracy of diagnosis and helps determine when an athlete is ready to return to the game.

While many professional sports teams provide ImPACT testing for athletes, experts recommend it for kids 10 and older who participate in contact sports. The gift from Carz N’ Toyz will allow experts from Virtua’s Concussion Management Program to provide free testing for more than 600 area athletes.

“As the concussion issue has become more and more prevalent in our society, we felt an obligation to be proactive in making a difference,” said Carz N’ Toyz President Sam Lacroce. Carz N’ Toyz is a longtime Virtua Foundation Community Partner dedicated to improving the health and well being of kids in the community.

The testing is one component of a new partnership between Virtua and The Philadelphia Soul aimed at concussion education and awareness for youth football coaches and players, supported in part by Virtua Foundation.

The “Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” concussion-based program is designed to directly educate youth coaches, parents and athletes about the science of a concussion, concussion prevention, recognition and treatment. The goal is to significantly reduce the number of concussion cases in youth sports and minimize the effects of a concussion once an incident occurs.

To kick off the program, Virtua is using the funds given to Virtua Foundation from Carz N’ Toyz to provide the free concussion baseline tests to young athletes in the South Jersey Elite Youth Football League.

“We need to educate every administrator, every coach, every parent and every athlete about this issue and only then can we make significant positive results with reductions in incidents and effects from any incidents,” said Paul Kasper, director of sports medicine at Virtua.

The program will include a series of seminars run by Virtua experts to educate area youth football coaches and parents on concussion management and the “eyes to the sky” proper tackling session led by Philadelphia Soul coaches and players as well as other area youth coaches.

Unlike many programs that exist where only an organization leader receives the proper training on concussions and is then expected to relay the information, “Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” is open to the public so that everybody involved in the young athletes circle can be properly trained and understand their specific role with this issue.


The first of a minimum of three seminars will take place on Saturday, March 29th at 2pm at Cherokee High School located at 130 Tomlinson Mill Rd, Marlton, NJ 08053. The seminar is open to the public. Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis. Additional seminars will be announced shortly. There will be a minimum of three seminars between today and August, and additional seminars may be added based on demand.

To register or for more information, go to www.philadelphiasoul.com/virtua.

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