New campaign on concussion awareness in soccer
We are excited to announce the launch of our questionnaire study in the USA. Moreover, our partner U.S. Soccer has just released a campaign on concussion awareness. It highlights the importance of detecting concussions and managing return to play. The campaign is part of the Recognize to Recover (R2R) program, which promotes player health and safety. One aim of the program is to emphasize the roles of all stakeholders involved, when it comes to handling a concussion correctly. These include not only players and health professionals, but also parents, coaches, and referees
Dr. George Chiampas, Chief Medical Officer for U.S. Soccer and international collaborator of the HITG project explains the importance of raising awareness on concussions in soccer:
We want players to make sure that they step forward if they’re concerned that they potentially have a concussion. We want them to seek care. We want to make sure that coaches and referees understand some of the impacts and the symptoms that concussions can have, and that they understand their responsibility with this injury.
Besides all current efforts „there’s still a tremendous amount of work in front of us“, is the opinion of Dr. Chiampas. One part of this work is the HITG survey study on former soccer players, which will allow us to learn more about the potential longterm consequences of concussions in soccer. The study addresses former female players of professional and college soccer leagues (NCAA) in the USA. In order to make our efforts to increase safety and health in soccer a success, we need your support.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that former football star Kristine Lilly Heavey has joined forces with HITG as our third ambassador. She has last played professionally for the Boston Breakers and has been a member of the United States women’s national soccer team for 23 years. Kristine Lilly is the most capped player in the history of the sport with 352 caps and 130 goals for the United States women’s national team. She is a two-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist. Today, Kristine Lilly is committed to teaching kids how to play soccer at her organizations Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and TeamFirst Soccer Academy. Find more information about Kristine Lilly here.