X2 BIOSYSTEMS PARTNERS WITH ECNL TO TACKLE CONCUSSION CARE
SEATTLE, WA (July 22, 2014): X2 Biosystems, a Seattle-based technology company offering the world’s first comprehensive software and sensor suite for the detection and management of traumatic brain injury, announced today that it has become an Official Partner of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) to supply its Integrated Concussion Evaluation (ICE) software system for use by select member teams during the 2014-2017 soccer seasons. ECNL is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to the enhancement of the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the U.S.
ICE is a component of X2 Biosystems’ unique, integrated concussion evaluation system, which monitors impact events, promote adherence to standards of care, coordinate return to activity, and makes an important contribution to the understanding of both acute and long term brain health outcomes. The touch-screen system creates a durable medical record and adds a level of objective precision in assessing concussive events and other traumatic brain injuries. It delivers a superior technology that is both sensitive and robust with the portability, simplicity and ease-of-use that is ideal for soccer players and the demanding conditions of practice and team play.
ECNL teams participating in its introduction will use the X2 ICE system for games and practices. ECNL recently debuted the software at the 2014 ECNL National Playoffs in Seattle, Washington. ECNL Commissioner Sarah Kate Noftsinger believes that adoption of X2 Biosystems’ technology represents an important step forward in the ECNL’s continuing efforts to create the safest possible playing environment for female youth soccer. “Adopting the very best technology to maximize the level of concussion care we provide for our players is a major priority for our league. We take our leadership role and our commitment to the health and safety of our players very seriously. X2 Biosystems’ concussion management system is the leading edge technology that represents the most advanced standards for making bench versus play decisions and structures the recovery and return to play process.”
Collaboration with the ECNL leadership represents another important achievement for X2 Biosystems. “We are honored to join with ECNL leadership to help the sideline staff of the ECNL better understand and manage their athletes’ brain health and help lead the way in establishing best practices for the protection of millions of youth who play the game worldwide,” said X2 Biosystems’ Athletic Trainer Phil Heywood, M.S., ATC, AT/L, who also serves as Sports Program Manager and Athletic Training Manager in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
X2 Biosystems believes that the ECNL endorsement of its landmark systems is a logical expansion of its efforts to partner with the soccer community following the adoption of X2 Biosystems’ technology by Major League Soccer earlier this year. According to X2 Biosystems’ CEO Howard Green, “By continuing to demonstrate the value of our system at the elite level of female soccer, the ECNL is helping to pave the way for athletes in all sports at all levels to share in the benefits of X2 Biosystems’ concussion management technology. Kids playing hard and playing safe – that’s what drives us to do what we do every day.”
Green said ECNL’s endorsement is expected to help drive growing adoption of the company’s advanced concussion management system. In addition to ECNL, X2 Biosystems is currently working with all 32 NFL teams, Major League Soccer, and other professional and amateur athletic organizations.
About X2 Biosystems
X2 Biosystems is a privately held Seattle-based science and technology company that has developed the world’s first systems for comprehensive, end-to-end, real-time management of concussion and other brain injuries. Learn how X2 Biosystems’ state-of-the-art technology is improving the health and well-being of athletes and the military employees at http://www.x2biosystems.com/.
About Elite Clubs National League
The Elite Clubs National League, Inc. (ECNL) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit member-based organization founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States. ECNL’s mission is to improve the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league, to improve the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams, and to improve the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through the development of best practices for its member clubs. The ECNL is sponsored by Nike. The National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL. For more information, please visit http://www.ecnlgirls.com or follow ECNL on Twitter, @theECNL