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Olympian Brandi Chastain to Donate Brain to Concussion Research

The topic of concussions and head injuries continue to make the news.  With all of the discussion over so many months and in so many cases we are delighted that this serious issue has finally captured the interest of the world.

Whether it is regarding boys on the football field, young girls on a junior soccer team, or professional athletes, there has been a lot of constructive discussion on this topic.  More is needed, especially in one area.

Most of the on-going research has been concentrated on men’s sports.  A major headline, of course, was the diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE” — a progressive degenerative disease — in dozens of former NFL players.

Now a courageous donation by Brandi Chastain is opening the door to an investigation of the awareness of female concussion risks

ESPN recently reported that Chastain, a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team, has announced that she plans to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after her death, so that it can be examined for signs of trauma.  Even though Brandi is retired she is pledging to do all she can to contribute to the serious and on-going issue of concussions in sports.

“Brandi Chastain’s decision to donate her brain to further research is a powerful and courageous act that will ultimately improve the future health of female athletes, military veterans and other women who experience repetitive brain trauma,” said Ann McKee, a professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University.  “We currently know so little about how gender influences outcome after trauma; her pledge marks an important step to expand our knowledge in this critical area.”

There is, in fact, a higher concussion rate in females.   Some believe that it is because women’s neck muscles are not as strong as men’s.  Others feel hormones may also play a role, and there is discussion of whether testosterone in men has a protective effect on the brain.  Not to mention the simple fact that there are not as many opportunities for women to play sports after college and so we don’t hear about concussions in women as often. Chastain hopes that her donation will help pave the way for even more knowledge about concussions in sports at any level, especially as pertains to women.

We will continue to follow this important discussion of head injuries in the sports world here on our web site.   Meanwhile, we all know that serious head and brain injuries are sustained in ways other than in sports.   This type of injury is often seen in vehicle accidents, especially with motorcyclists.   The main cause of these injuries is actually the result of common slip and fall mishaps.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, the law firm of Theodoros & Rooth may be able to help.  If you have suffered a serious injury, do not hesitate to call us.  Our consultations are free and if you have a case, we will work aggressively to get you the just compensation you deserve.  There are no attorney fees unless we get you compensation for your injuries.