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Penguins will offer free concussion tests for local youth hockey players

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins, as part of a new initiative, will offer free baseline concussion testing and educational programs to youth hockey players in the region.

"Heads Up Pittsburgh" is a combination effort with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine, aimed at making more hockey families aware of concussions in the sport.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, of course, has not played since Jan. 5, and continues to recover from a concussion. Crosby last week returned to morning skates on gamedays, but will not return to game action in the regular season. He may be back in time for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin next week.

The tests will be conducted starting May 1 at UPMC Sports Medicine Center on Pittsburgh's South Side.

"We are very proud that it focuses on the health, safety and education of thousands of local youth hockey players," said Dave Soltesz, president of the Penguins Foundation.

Crosby was not immediately tested for a concussion after a hit in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, because he wasn't experiencing any symptoms. About four days later, the symptoms were present. Crosby, still the team's leader with 32 goals and 66 points, hasn't played since.

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