Leading by example, Angela Ruggiero pledges her brain
Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero pledged to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation's My Legacy campaign for concussion and CTE research. In the video below, Ruggiero explains that she hopes she can inspire other female athletes at all levels to pledge their brains to research. Currently, the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank has fewer than 10 female brain donations.
“As a woman, I know a lot of studies skew towards male subjects, so it’s important to have more female brains to study. I felt it was important for me to put my foot forward and pledge my brain to help this great cause and to learn more about the effects of sports. If it can help future generations, it’s worth it to me. I hope my actions can inspire others to do the same, specifically other athletes and specifically female athletes because any study has to have a balanced representation of both genders.”