The Sports Legacy Institute has announced that it has rebranded and changed its name to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to realign the name of the organization with the evolution of its programs.
The organization continues to be led by founding Executive Director Chris Nowinski and founding Medical Director Dr. Robert Cantu, and all programs and research will continue uninterrupted.
The organization also unveiled its new website, ConcussionFoundation.org, logo and tagline, “Leading to a Safer Future.”
“The original name reflected our singular focus on conducting chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research during our first year,” said Nowinski. “The new name reflects the expansion of our programs – including concussion prevention and care, as well as accelerating treatment and a cure for post-concussion syndrome and CTE.”
The Concussion Legacy Foundation will continue its collaboration with the Boston University School of Medicine CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank located at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, known as the Bedford VA. Since its inception in 2008, the brain bank has studied more than 260 brains and discovered the first cases of CTE in athletes from ice hockey, soccer, college and high school football and baseball. CTE has been diagnosed in 87 of the 91 brains of former NFL players studied at the BU CTE Center.
“Concussion Legacy” encapsulates the organization’s focus on brain injury and its consequences, including a legacy of CTE and other neurological disorders such as post-concussion syndrome. The name change also reflects a continued growing focus on the consequences of brain trauma among military service members and veterans.
The newly launched ConcussionFoundation.org website contains several new features, including a Personal Stories page where stories of those affected by concussions and CTE are compiled, and a Concussion Response page with expert advice and referrals for anyone dealing with a concussion.
“The Concussion Legacy Foundation is eager to lead the conversation on brain trauma into its next stage – translating our new knowledge into meaningful change and effective solutions,” Nowinski said. “We look forward to creating change to ensure that children can participate in sports without worrying it will derail their life, and that parents and coaches are armed with the tools to help them provide a safer environment.”