Sports leagues, leading coaches and athletes join Concussion Legacy Foundation for Team Up Speak Up Day to educate youth athletes

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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(Boston) – More than 230 sports organizations from NASCAR to The Ivy League to USA Hockey, and sports icons including Dallas Cowboys Pro-Bowlers Travis Frederick, Zach Martin, and Tyron Smith, Hockey Hall of Famers Angela Ruggiero and Eric Lindros, NASCAR stars Austin Dillon and Erik Jones, and renowned crew chief Tony Gibson, are participating in the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s concussion education program Team Up Speak Up today.

The second annual Team Up Speak Up Day asks coaches, captains and medical teams to give a speech to their athletes stressing that a good teammate looks out for concussions in their teammates and has a responsibility to speak up to a coach or athletic trainer if they suspect their teammate has a concussion.

Participants include national governing bodies like USA Hockey, USA Rugby, and the National Federation of State High School Associations, professional sports organizations including NASCAR, the NFL Players Association and Major League Lacrosse, dozens of state associations like the California Interscholastic Federation, Illinois High School Athletic Association, Indiana Youth Soccer, and Massachusetts Hockey, and category leaders the Ivy League, U.S. Soccer Foundation, American Hockey Coaches Association, Rugby Canada, and the Positive Coaching Alliance. View the full list of supporting organizations here.

Training, promotion, and participation videos have already been posted by Army West Point men’s rugby head coach Matt Sherman, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Lindros, Ruggiero, Harvard women’s ice hockey head coach Katey Stone, former New England Patriot Ted Johnson, and many others. The Concussion Legacy Foundation anticipates the 230 organizations already signed on could reach nearly 4 million athletes.

“By making Team Up Speak Up a core part of every team’s culture, this program will improve concussion reporting and save lives,” said Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “We are excited to have such prominent coaches and athletes known for their toughness helping us redefine how a good teammate approaches concussions.”

Organizations can sign up at TeamUpSpeakUp.org. Participants are encouraged to film their own videos of the Team Up Speak Up speech, and join the conversation on social media posting videos and photos using #TeamUpSpeakUp.

Organizations can send their logo to Tyler Maland at tmaland@concussionfoundation.org to be listed as a supporter.

View Team Up Speak Up video content:

Army West Point Men’s Rugby embraces Team Up Speak Up culture
U.S. Hockey coaching legend Katey Stone on the importance of Team Up Speak Up
Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp speaks to coaches and to players about Team Up Speak Up
Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero encourages coaches to give the Team Up Speak Up Speech
Five members of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line give the Team Up Speak Up speech
Former New England Patriot Ted Johnson encourages others to support Team Up Speak Up

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