Female athletes are donating their brains to CTE research

I’m sure most of us out there have heard about the CTE studies that commonly take place on the brains of football players, since football is such a high profile and popular contact sport.

Remember the movie, “Concussion” featuring Will Smith?

Well, it’s not just football players that need to worry about CTE anymore. And, it’s not just male sports that need to worry about it.

U.S. Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor will be donating her brain to concussion and CTE research. (Photo credit: Instagram/@elanameyerstaylor)

Simply put, women’s brains aren’t being studied at the same rate that mens’ are. Why, you ask?

The studies being conducted don’t have enough female brains to work with. The largest brain bank in the world, VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, currently has less than 10 female brains!

Say, WHAT?

Thankfully it looks like that may change moving forward.

Three female Olympic athletes have stepped up to a study that may turn out to be just as meaningful as their careers.

U.S. Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, four-time U.S. Olympic ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero and five-time Olympic medalist for the Canadian women’s ice hockey team Hayley Wickenheiser have all announced that they will donate their brains to concussion research.

These women aren’t the first to pledge their brains to this scientific study.

Brandi Chastain (U.S. Soccer legend), A.J. Griswold (former USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year) and Nancy Hogshead-Makar (three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming) have already pledged to donate their brains to the CTE study as well.

Since 2008, there have been approximately 2,800 former athletes and military veterans that have pledged to donate their brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. And out of that 2,800, about 560 of them are female brains.

That is still a seriously small percentage.

It is obvious that football has received most of the attention of these CTE studies. But what about lacrosse, soccer, bobsledding, ice hockey or cheerleading?

Whether they are male-driven sports or female-driven sports, there is an intense physicality that comes with all of these sports.

Luke Kuechly the “poster child” for concussions in the NFL has been using a Q-Collar for preventative measures towards concussions and CTE. (Photo credit: Instagram/@lukekeuchly)

Actually, females may be at even higher risk according to a study presented at last year’s Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

“Female high school soccer players have the highest rate of concussions of any sport, even more than football players.”

As a former high school soccer player, that really resonated with me.

It may seem like we’re behind the curve on concussion protocol or even preventative measures when we’re talking about brain research that will potentially only go down on these women’s brains decades from now.

Still, don’t be at a total despair if you’re a female soccer player. There are all kinds of preventative and recovery studies being done.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers hard-hitter Luke Kuechly,  the so-called “poster child” in the NFL for concussions, is wearing an experimental Q-Collar to prevent concussions formulated from technology they learned from woodpeckers.

“The Q Collar’s inspiration was drawn from the physiology of a woodpecker, which beats its head against a tree trunk several thousand times per day but does not suffer brain damage.

This is because, among other advantages, a woodpecker’s tongue can put pressure on its jugular vein.

By doing so, the blood flow out of the skull cavity slows and provides a cushion for the brain on the inside of the skull.”

Cool, right?

Beyond that there are brain treatments that people are doing that are helping their brain recover from concussions and even the effects of alcoholism and depression.

One of those treatments that is non-invasive (yay) is Lumos Neurofeedback. Below shows just some of the cases it can really help improve upon.

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One of the neurofeedback machine’s operators, Parker Johnson, is a big time snowboarder and former high school athlete and suffered from countless concussions. Once he started doing treatments he saw drastic improvements.

As a result, he decided to become involved with these treatments as a full-time career to help share the love of these awesome treatments!

Parker is constantly taking new clients and I’ve personally already seen results amongst my friends and family already from it.

It’s crazy to think there aren’t more people taking advantage of these brain treatments, especially for female and male athletes alike.

Maybe I should consider these treatments due to my former stud soccer career and love of rum & diets?

LOL. But seriously…

— Hailey



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