Learn About The Speech

Make sure your team hears these core principles of the Team Up Speak Up Speech from a coach, athletic trainer, or team leader to set a positive concussion culture:

Point 1: We're a team, and teammates look out for each other.
Point 2: A teammate with a concussion needs your help.
Point 3: I expect you to speak up to a coach, athletic trainer, or team leader if you suspect a teammate has a concussion.

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How Team Up Speak Up Improves Concussion Culture 

Team Up Speak Up has coaches and captains tell athletes it's their responsibility to alert a team leader about concussion signs in a teammate because it's best for the athlete and best for the team.

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 the origins of the speech and why it works:

The Importance of a Positive Concussion Culture

The Team Up Speak Up Speech is designed to create a positive concussion culture so that athletes are comfortable speaking up when they suspect a teammate has a concussion.

A recent study found the top ten reasons why athletes don't report possible concussions. Click the image below to read the factors that create a negative concussion culture ranked 1-10, along with solutions you can implement to create a positive concussion culture on your team:

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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.”

This speech from a person of authority to their team instructing them to report concussion signs 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 113-year history of the speech.

Bill Reid Diary

We want as many of athletes as possible to hear our modern adaptation of this message, the Team Up Speak Up Speech, 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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