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Former Chief helps provide concussion testing for young athletes

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Will Shields and the Brain Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City will be teaming up at Max Muscle, 15253 W. 135th, in Olathe from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. (Jamie Oberg/KCTV5 News) Will Shields and the Brain Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City will be teaming up at Max Muscle, 15253 W. 135th, in Olathe from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. (Jamie Oberg/KCTV5 News)
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and former Kansas City Chiefs player Will Shields is helping student-athletes avoid head injuries and concussions by putting them to the test this weekend.

Shields and his team at 68 Inside Sports teamed up with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas on Saturday in Lenexa to provide area athletes a chance to train their brains on the Dynavision Baseline Testing, known as D2.

"If we can take the athletes and actually lower the chance of them ever getting a concussion and give them the opportunity to enjoy the game and save it at the same time, that's what we want to do," said 68 Inside Sports trainer, Travis Worley. "What a lot of parents don't realize a lot of their child's vision is peripheral."

The D2 is a visuomotor and cognitive assessment and training system, which means athletes can use it to test gross motor skills through vision and movement on a lighted board.

Football concussions have been highlighted in the news recently, but what Worley said it is not the number one contact sport for concussions.

"The number one sport for concussion is actually soccer. Girls are more likely to get concussions by 70 percent," he said.

Shields and the Brain Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City will be teaming up at Max Muscle, 15253 W. 135th, in Olathe from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday.

The five-minute test costs $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Brain Injury Association.

"Will and I have been doing it the last four years basically for no cost," Worley said. "This isn't about becoming multi-millionaires, this is about saving the games that we see they're being hurt so badly, football is great, contact sports are fun, but things do happen."

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