Improved concussion care for riders

Trek-Segafredo proudly announces a partnership with HeadCheck Health, Inc. The company’s unique concussion assessment tool, HeadCheck, fortifies head injury management for riders using evidence-based science, cycling-specific modifications, and smartphone technology. This new tool enables Trek-Segafredo medical staff to rapidly and accurately assess concussions as well as track rider recovery.

In October at the Trek-Segafredo team camp at Trek’s global headquarters in Waterloo, WI, four medical professionals used HeadCheck to assess all Trek-Segafredo riders, providing baseline data for comparison against a post-injury assessment. If a suspected head injury occurs during a race or in training, Trek-Segafredo staff can respond immediately by accessing HeadCheck from their phones and assessing a rider’s response levels and immediately compare results to the baseline data.

“This is a very powerful tool,” said Trek-Segafredo Head Doctor Nino Daniele. “Now we can easily and accurately measure when it is safe for an athlete to continue riding after a concussion.”

“This is a very powerful tool,” said Trek-Segafredo Head Doctor Nino Daniele.

Road riders compete at extreme speeds which can result in dangerous crashes. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness showed that more than one in five cyclists experience a sports-related concussion. Trek-Segafredo believes athletes deserve top-level protection for their health which is why they are now using HeadCheck for their men’s and women’s teams.

HeadCheck also assists in a rider’s safe recovery after a crash. In addition to assessments by medical staff, riders can track and self-report any symptoms from their mobile devices. HeadCheck has found that cyclists are some of the most active athletes in self-reporting through the tool.

“Trek continues to demonstrate great leadership in the cycling community by taking a proactive approach to the health and wellness of their riders,” said HeadCheck Health CEO Harrison Brown.

A wide range of professional and amateur teams in sports such as football, rugby, hockey, and soccer use HeadCheck for concussion assessment and management. Trek worked with HeadCheck Health to understand how to adapt the tool to cycling sports. Trek-Segafredo’s partnership with HeadCheck Health is an expansion of Trek’s relationship with the company which already provides Trek Factory Racing Downhill, Cross-Country, and Enduro teams with their tools and support. HeadCheck’s smartphone technology and offline capabilities are crucial for rugged off-road trail competitors.

“Trek continues to demonstrate great leadership in the cycling community by taking a proactive approach to the health and wellness of their riders,” said HeadCheck Health CEO Harrison Brown. “The addition of the Trek-Segafredo road cycling team to HeadCheck is an important step in working together to advance concussion management practices in the sport.”