UCLA BrainSPORT Program
The Big Problem:
Pediatric traumatic brain injury is the single greatest cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. UCLA BrainSPORT wants to change this. Each year, there are up to 3.8 million sport-related concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries that often go untreated. Among high school athletes, almost one-third returned to play the same day. Evidence suggests young brains may be more vulnerable to trauma and take longer to recover from concussions. While awareness has increased, this trauma receives minimal national research attention.
How The BrainSPORT Program Will Help:
Until now, there have been no consistent standards to guide coaches and physicians in evaluating and treating sports-related brain injuries. Through UCLA BrainSPORT, athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers receive vital care, education, and research to help them best understand how to prevent concussions, as well as the keys to experiencing a full recovery. In addition, these groups can receive comprehensive care and resources, including annual baseline neurological and neuropsychological testing and expedited access to post-concussion care at UCLA.
What Your Support Will Do:
BrainSPORT aims to expand its reach and impact to underserved schools and athletic programs. Dr. Giza and the BrainSPORT team believe that all student-athletes should have access to this critical education and care. Your gift of just 50 dollars will bring this potentially life-saving information and treatment to a student-athlete. By teaming up with your friends and family, we could raise our goal of $5,000 to bring the BrainSPORT program to an entire school. And here’s the really cool part; you will go on the journey with us! All of our donors will receive updates on the difference your gift is making in the community.
And One More Thing, Please Share This Message!
If there is friend or family member or coach you think would benefit from learning more about UCLA BrainSPORT, please share this project with them. UCLA and its medical leaders are grateful for the generous support of donors committed to decreasing the number of traumatic brain injury incidents in our country, especially among school-aged children and high school athletes. However, we are also passionate about getting the word out on this issue.
Thanks for your support!