aHead of the Game® is an initiative to raise awareness on the risks of concussions and other head injuries in youth sports. Through greater awareness and education, we want to help coaches, parents and young athletes learn the signs and symptoms of concussions, seek proper treatment and follow appropriate return to play protocols to avoid the significant dangers of multiple concussions.
From 2001 to 2009, the number of annual Tramatic Brain Injury (TBI)-related Emergency Department (ED) visits increased significantly, from 153,375 to 248,418, according to a recent study by The Center for Disease Control. This report also indicates that an estimated 173,285 persons aged less than 19 years were treated in EDs annually for nonfatal TBIs related to sports and recreation activities.1
aHead of the Game® is a program sponsored by AIG, a world leader in insurance. We, at AIG U.S. Accident & Health, currently work with more than 500 athletic organizations and sport camps, providing participant coverages, risk management services and liability insurance. While we are experienced in the identification and mitigation of risk exposures, our employees are also parents, family members, coaches and strong advocates of the many benefits that our kids derive from participation in youth sports. That's why we are committed to helping reduce risks for young athletes and reducing exposure to costly losses for our amateur sports clients.
AIG is a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions.
AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG helps its clients reduce accidents and injuries through targeted risk management and advocacy programs.
1 - Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries Related to Sports and Recreation Activities Among Persons Aged =19 Years --- United States, 2001-2009. Weekly October 7, 2011 / 60(39);1337-1342