US Soccer’s Recognize to Recover and ThinkTaylor are partnering during the opening weekends of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ and Boys’ Development Academy to educate more than 17,000 players about handling concussions in the sport. The Concussion Awareness Week will take place from Sept. 2-10 and all 197 member clubs will take part in the campaign.
Players will be encouraged to take the #TTPledge, which is an oath from athletes to be educated on concussion symptoms, to be honest in their self-evaluation and to be supportive of anyone with a concussion.
After watching the #TTPledge video, players and coaches will take the #TTPledge via an online form on ussoccerda.com. Each club will share that their teams have taken the pledge on social media using the hashtag and special ThinkTaylor filters. Clubs will also receive Recognize to Recover/ThinkTaylor wristbands, pledge tags and bag tags with the #TTPledge that will be a season-long reminder about concussion awareness.
“We’re looking forward to this partnership between Recognize to Recover and ThinkTaylor as we continue to connect with youth players across the United States about their health and safety,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “An important part of managing concussions is making sure that players are educated on how to identify when a possible head injury occurs, and are empowered to inform their parents and coaches. We want to change the culture within the game around reporting concussions and that needs to start at an early age.”
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