As coaches know, the best teams always feature teammates that care for one another.

That’s the premise behind the Team Up Speak Up initiative, in which players will notify a coach or athletic trainer if they suspect a teammate might have a concussion. 

For the second straight year, US Lacrosse has partnered with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to help promote a healthy team environment in which players are encouraged to speak up on behalf of a teammate. It’s at the core of being a good teammate. 

The week of March 3-9 has been designated as Team Up Speak Up week for lacrosse teams across the country. 

US Lacrosse encourages all coaches to give a simple, one-minute speech at the beginning of the season reminding their players to take the responsibility of speaking up about concussions.

The program is built upon the bystander intervention model which is taught in anti-bullying programs. The goal is to change the culture from one where teammates might feel that reporting a concussion is letting a teammate down, to one where they know they will be supported, and concussion reporting is framed as being a good teammate. 

“We believe in the research behind this initiative and that coaches set the tone for how their athletes respond on the field," said Dr. Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. "Working with the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Team Up Speak Up effort, we hope that every lacrosse player hears their coach share this vital message.”

Giving the Speech

Coaches, learn a little bit more about talking to your team about concussions.

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