Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pledge to donate my brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank for research?
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You can pledge to donate, as well as find out more information before making the pledge, at ConcussionFoundation.org/Pledge

I'm looking for concussion advice for myself or someone I know. Can you help?
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While we can’t provide advice for individual cases, we can point you in the direction of someone who can! Check out our Concussion Clinics search tool to find a specialist in your area.

We also have informational guides on:

I want to get involved in research. What can I do?
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If you’re looking to take part in a study, please visit our Participate in Research page to see a list of studies currently enrolling subjects.

Media Inquiries
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For media inquiries, please send an email to media@concussionfoundation.org. If this is a request for an interview or quote with a same-day deadline, please contact Tyler Maland at tmaland@concussionfoundation.org.

Do you offer internships?
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The Concussion Legacy Foundation occasionally has internship openings for students looking to gain experience in the sports or nonprofit industries. If you are curious about concussions, brain trauma, or sports injury prevention and education, consider and internship at the organization that is solving the concussion crisis.

As a non-profit, unpaid internships in which students earn class credit are given priority. Please send your resume and cover letter to info@concussionfoundation.org. Due to the high volume of applications received, we cannot respond to each individual application.

How can I bring concussion education to my school/community?
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If you’re looking to bring the latest in concussion education to your students, there are some great resources available to you!

If you're in the Boston or Chicago area, consider a Team Up Against Concussions presentation. This half-hour presentation is designed to educate 4th to 12th grade students about concussions through discussion, video and interacive games, teaching them that successful athletes play hard and play smart.

Team Up Against Concussions can also be licensed to be given in other areas for a small fee, which comes with our new training program. Please inquire with Cliff Robbins to learn how to bring this program to your community.

We also offer 30 to 90 minute Advanced Concussion Training lectures for coaches, athletic trainers, parents and those who deal with concussion care.

The CDC's Heads Up to Youth Sports Online Training is a free online course designed to help you create a safer culture when it comes to concussion. Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski provides the voiceover. You can also check out Brain 101, a free online resource for concussion management.

Finally, if you want to be sure you’re using best practices when it comes to concussion policies and protocols, our Policy Consulting team is available to get you there. The first step to improving safety is understanding where the gaps lie. Learn where your organization stands with a comprehensive concussion policy audit. Foundation consultants will examine over 50 critical elements of your concussion policies, providing a breakdown of strengths, areas for improvement, and areas of risk.

What is CTE? Where can I learn more?
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Brain trauma can cause a build-up of an abnormal type of a protein called tau, which slowly kills brain cells. Once started, these changes in the brain appear to continue to progress even after exposure to brain trauma has ended. Possible symptoms include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and eventually progressive dementia. Symptoms can begin to appear months, years, or even decades after trauma has ended. Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed after death by brain tissue analysis.

You can find more information about CTE on our What is CTE? page. 

If you are concerned you or a loved one may have CTE, please visit the I think I have CTE page for more information.

I think I have CTE. What do I do?
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If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has CTE, don’t lose hope. Many people live happy and productive lives despite having CTE. It is also important to know that many treatable disorders can cause symptoms of CTE, and in fact people who appeared to have CTE while alive have been found not to have CTE upon post-mortem examination of their brain. Please visit the I think I have CTE page for more information.

Can I fundraise for the Concussion Legacy Foundation?
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Yes! Your support is crucial, allowing us to more rapidly solve the concussion crisis. If you have questions about fundraising for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Kalie Whitehouse (kwhitehouse@concussionfoundation.org) can't wait to hear from you.

I'm doing research for a school paper. Can you help?
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Sure! Try poking around our Learning Center to find some basic information about concussions and CTE. For a more in-depth look at concussions and CTE, visit the “Scientific Publications” section.

We're excited that you're interested in learning more about concussions and CTE! If you need to interview someone for your paper, please send an email to info@concussionfoundation.org. As you can imagine, we have a lot going on, so sometimes it's difficult to respond to every request, but we'll do our best to make time!

Why do I only hear about professional athletes? What about everyone else?
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CTE doesn't only affect professional athletes. It's been found in athletes as young as 17 years old and military veterans from all branches. Unfortunately, those cases aren't always covered by the national media like sports cases are. While professional athletes tend to get the headlines, we try to highlight stories that reflect our diverse community of families. You can read them in the Impacted Lives section of our website.

I want to help! What can I do?
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We're glad you're enthusiastic about helping us lead to a world without CTE, and concussion safety without compromise! Change happens when big ideas are supported by lots of small efforts. At the Concussion Legacy Foundation, our movements are built with the support of our volunteers across the country. The Ambassador Program is designed to assist individuals and organizations in raising concussion awareness in their community.

From time to time we'll ask our Ambassadors to support on-going campaigns like Team Up Speak Up Day, My Legacy, and Safer Soccer. By becoming an Ambassador, you'll be the first to hear about our latest campaigns and the best way to help!

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Boston, MA 02116

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