The Concussion Legacy Foundation is determined to usher in positive change on a national scale. The effort to solve the concussion crisis is no small task, but a national, collective effort gets us closer each day. Researching the brains of hundreds of former athletes helps provide answers about what action we can take on a national level to reduce the long-term effects of brain damage from sports. Campaigns to make youth soccer and football players safer build concussion awareness among parents and coaches.
There are 44 million youth athletes in America. On Team Up Day Tuesday, September 13th, we want as many as possible to hear a simple speech. The core message: that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion symptoms in a teammate. Whether you are an athlete, coach, parent, medical professional, administrator or fan, you can help us lead this culture change by making sure this speech is given on your team or in your community. Take the pledge to let us know you'll play your part and #TeamUpSpeakUp to fight concussions.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation, in collaboration with Boston University and the Veterans Administration, operates the largest Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) brain bank in the world. The numbers are staggering – 259 brains donated, 150 confirmed cases of the neurodegenerative disease CTE, 76 of 79 former NFL players diagnosed with CTE. The VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank has created an undeniable body of evidence that repetitive brain trauma can lead to CTE. Learn more.
Synthetic Turf Safety
Despite one in five high school sports concussions being caused by surface impacts, and one in four concussions in youth soccer and football, we have no national conversation on the technology underneath an athlete’s feet. The Concussion Legacy Foundation aims to change that. Artificial surfaces should receive the same attention and scrutiny as football helmets and other methods to prevent concussions. Read the white paper and New York Times article to learn more.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation partnered with the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) and U.S. Women's Soccer legends Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow Cone, and Joy Fawcett in 2014 on the Safer Soccer campaign to eliminate soccer headers prior to the high school level. Since that time, dozens of new supporters – from additional World Cup Champions, to powerful sports organizations, to youth leagues and clubs – have added their names in support of Safer Soccer. Learn more.
It has been widely publicized that the use of the Pitch Count in baseball has drastically reduced the number of arm injuries in youth baseball. The Hit Count® initiative, launched in 2012, is a natural extension of this concept. If we monitor pitch counts to protect a child's elbow, we must also monitor athletes' Hit Counts to protect their delicate brains. A lower Hit Count® will reduce the risk of concussion, the risk of brain damage from sub-concussive blows, and theoretically would reduce the risk of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive brain trauma. Learn more.