The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are up to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions each year in the United States. Sadly, experts say that only one of six concussions are diagnosed.

Those figures are the motivation behind the Team Up Speak Up initiative, in which players are encouraged to tell a coach or athletic trainer if they believe a teammate may have a concussion.

During the week of March 1-7, every lacrosse coach is encouraged to give the short, simple speech to their players to help change the concussion culture.

“I expect my players to speak up to myself or an athletic trainer,” said Hall of Famer Jen Adams, women’s head coach at Loyola University Maryland. “It’s important to look out for a teammate.”

Silence isn’t the right solution for a healthy team environment.

“Having your teammate’s back; that’s what sports are all about,” said Cathy Reese, Hall of Fame women’s coach at the University of Maryland.

Coaches can learn more about giving the short speech to their team at   

Take the Pledge

Participating teams are encouraged to sign the online pledge that shows their commitment to fighting concussions.

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