Concussion Legacy Captains FAQ
Frequently asked questions
Questions about our Concussion Legacy Captains program? We have answers! Check out our FAQ below. If there’s something we didn’t cover, reach out to Education Programs Manager Brandon Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who is eligible to become a Concussion Legacy Captain?
Anyone involved in sports can commit to becoming a Concussion Legacy Captain, including athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, and parents. While anyone can sign up, data has shown us the Team Up Against Concussions speech is most effective when it comes from an athlete on the team. Therefore, we recommend adult Captains delegate giving the speech to a player who exhibits leadership qualities and is respected by their teammates.
Q: How much does it cost to become a Concussion Legacy Captain?
There is no cost associated with becoming a Concussion Legacy Captain. Upon signup, we send our Captains a free Team Up Against Concussions wristband and a speech card along with a digital content kit.
Q: I committed to become a Concussion Legacy Captain. When do I receive my wristband and speech card?
We send out wristbands and speech cards in three quarterly batches: fall, winter, and spring. For the 2022 – 2023 season:
Packages will be sent on a weekly basis during each mailing window.
People who commit to become Captains after the commit-by dates will receive their materials in the upcoming mailing window.
Q: I committed to become a Concussion Legacy Captain. How do I become a Concussion Legacy Champion?
Concussion Legacy Captains can level up to the Champion level by completing each of the following tasks:
CLF will track Captains’ progress towards reaching the Champions level.
Everyone who reaches Champion status receives a free Concussion Legacy Champions T-shirt and special recognition on our website.
Q: I committed to become a Concussion Legacy Captain. How do I give the Team Up Against Concussions speech to my team?
The Team Up Against Concussions speech is best given:
- Prior to the start of a season
- At the end of a practice
- With the consent of a coach
- With the full team in attendance
We also recommend encouraging a teammate to commit to becoming a Captain alongside you. More athletes giving the Team Up Against Concussions speech makes it easier to give the speech and makes the speech more powerful and effective.
Q: Is this program related to CLF’s “Team Up Speak Up” program?
The Concussion Legacy Captains program is new as of fall 2022. We built the Captains program on the foundations of our Team Up Speak Up program, which ran from 2016 through spring 2021.
Here is a quick summary of the changes we made to Team Up Speak Up:
- The new “Team Up Against Concussions” speech is rebranded from the old “Team Up Speak Up” speech. The speech is largely the same as it has always been, but the name change helps people new to the program immediately identify the speech with concussion safety.
- We created more ways for someone who gives the speech to their team to get involved with concussion education and advocacy in meaningful ways.
- We designed collateral (wristbands, speech cards, and T-shirts) for Concussion Legacy Captains and Concussion Legacy Champions to give them the tools they need to give the speech and identify as ambassadors for CLF.
- Previously, Team Up Speak Up ran exclusively ahead of the fall sports season. The new program will have three pre-season pushes ahead of the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons. More pre-season pushes means more athletes from more sports can participate in the program.
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