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What is a concussion?

Concussions are an invisible injury, but the consequences are real. Rapid acceleration or deceleration of brain tissue within the skull causes brain tissue to change shape and can stretch and damage brain cells. A few years ago, athletes were encouraged to "shake it off" and tough out dings and bell ringers. Thanks to recent research, we now know that concussions are serious, and shrugging them off can have serious consequences. Learn more.

Concussion Response

It can be hard to manage an injury you cannot see. When mismanaged, concussions can have devastating consequences. Recent research suggests that up to 10 percent of concussed high school athletes suffer from Post Concussion Syndrome, where concussive symptoms last for greater than 6 weeks. With proper management of the injury, however, athletes can expect a full recovery. The Concussion Legacy Foundation recommends four simple guidelines to help parents and coaches manage concussions and get on the road to recovery. Learn more.

What is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease 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. Learn more.

Concussion Checklist

The Concussion Checklist can help parents, coaches, administrators and athletic trainers ensure they are up to date on concussion safety. How safe are your athletes? Click here to see how your program stacks up.

Scientific Publications

The Concussion Legacy Foundation is committed to advancing the understanding of CTE and the effects of sports related brain trauma. Click here to view a list of selected foundation-supported scientific publications.

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