EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY

Team Up Speak Up

Team Up Speak Up

An estimated 3.8 million sports related concussions occur each year. Just 1 in 6 are diagnosed. A missed concussion diagnosis can threaten an athlete's season, career, or even their life.  

The goal of Team Up Speak Up is to reach as many athletes as possible with a simple speech. The core message: athletes have a responsibility to tell a team leader if they see concussion signs in a teammate.  

Read on to learn the speech, and take the Team Up Speak Up pledge to help prevent the worst outcomes of concussions in your community.

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How to Team Up Speak Up

Team Up Speak Up is the Concussion Legacy Foundation's education and awareness initiative spreading the message that good teammates look out for each other when it comes to concussions. 

Since the program launched in 2016, more than 1,500 teams and organizations accounting for more than 6.25 million athletes have spread the Team Up Speak Up message.

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Team Up Speak Up Speech

Coaches, athletes, team leaders, schools, and organizations participate in Team Up Speak Up by delivering the Team Up Speak Up Speech and sharing their participation across social media.

The speech should come from a respected member of the team at the beginning of an athletic season.

Whatever role you play, you can help us change the concussion culture and improve concussion reporting. Learn the speech and how to bring Team Up Speak Up to your community with these printable illustrated guides:

Coaches | Athletes | Athletic Directors | Athletic Trainers | Parents | Orgs


Give the Team Up Speak Up Speech

Giving the speech is easy! All it takes is a copy of the speech and a cell phone to capture it all on video.

Check out this example from USA Hockey U21 Head Coach Nate Leaman:


Share #TeamUpSpeakUp on Social Media

We can’t change concussion culture without your help. We need athletes across the country to hear the #TeamUpSpeakUp speech and learn to speak up to a coach or athletic trainer if they see a signs of a concussion.

Make sure to record your coach or team leader giving the Team Up Speak Up speech! Share the video on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube using #TeamUpSpeakUp, like this: 

#TeamUpSpeakUp Video Contest

Think your team has spirit, creativity, and team culture strong enough to be our Team Up Speak Up video contest winners? Click here to enter in three easy steps!

The grand prize winners receive Team Up Speak Up gear bags for the whole team. Runners up receive gift cards to sporting goods stores of their choosing.

Click here to learn how to enter.

Team leaders: take charge of your concussion culture

A positive concussion culture means athletes feel comfortable speaking up about concussions in themselves or a teammate. Make sure your team hears the core principles of the Team Up Speak Up Speech from a coach, athletic trainer, or team leader to set a positive concussion culture.

It's a simple message, but the Team Up Speak Up Speech has the power to save an athlete's season, career, or even their life.

Learn more about Why Your Team Needs Team Up Speak Up

Athlete Concussion Reporting Reasons

Click here learn the top ten reasons why athletes don't report concussions, and how to address them with your team.

Speak Up: Concussion signs and symptoms

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. It is a serious injury that requires medical attention; athletes should never continue playing with a suspected concussion. Team Up Speak Up asks athletes to look out for their teammates when it comes to concussions.

To be a great teammate, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion so that you know when a teammate needs help. Be on the lookout for these clues that something isn't right and speak up to a coach, athletic trainer, or team leader if you suspect your teammate might have a concussion. Learn more about signs and symptoms of concussion by clicking here.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Click here to learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion. 

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team Up Speak Up Partners

Team Up Speak Up partners and supporters include USA Hockey, USA Lacrosse, USA Rugby, NASCAR, the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), and more. View the full list of Team Up Speak Up Supporters.

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Team Up Speak Up Ambassadors

Our Team Up Speak Up Ambassadors include Hall of Famers, Olympians, respected veterans and coaches who have come together to make sure as many athletes as possible hear the Team Up Speak Up Speech from their coach, captain or athletic trainer.

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