A Speech Lost to History

In 1905, Harvard University Head Football Coach Bill Reid wrote a diary of the season. He documents the team doctor's annual safety speech to the team, in which the doctor said:

“In case any man in any game gets hurt by a hit on the head so that he does not realize what he is doing, his teammate should at once insist that time be called and that a doctor come onto the field to see what is the trouble.”

A speech from a person of authority to their team instructing them to report concussion symptoms in teammates has been lost to history. Without this instruction, many players still think they are being a good teammate by covering for a teammate with a concussion.

Related: Learn more about the 111-year history of the speech.

Bill Reid Diary

The goal of Team Up Day is to bring this speech back.

There are 44 million youth athletes in America. We want as many of them as possible to hear this simple message from a person they respect, whether it is a coach, athletic trainer, doctor, or team captain. The ultimate goal is to improve concussion reporting rates and strengthen team bonds. Whatever role you play, you can help us lead this culture change. Team Up, Speak Up.

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