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Youth Football Linked to Long-Term Brain Damage in NFL Players

Retired NFL players who started playing tackle football before age 12 performed ‘significantly’ worse on neurological tests.

What it would mean for the NFL to be able to diagnose CTE in the living

“It’s scary to think I may have CTE.” — Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy


Former NFL Pro Shares Personal Experience to Teach Concussion Dangers

by childrensal on April 8, 2016

Kevin Drake is living proof of the damage a concussion can cause. During his years as an amateur and later as a professional athlete, he’s had 10 of them.

“I live with the aftermath of that every single day of my life,” Drake said. Now he has migraines that last four to five days and has suffered from debilitating headaches for the past 14 years.


Concussion Science Has Changed How We Think About Football

By Kevin Drake, who played football at UAB ('93-'97), went on to play 4 years in the NFL ('98-'01) for the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys. He is the Program Director for the Wise Up! Initiative.

I am all for removing pads and helmets off kids until they are 14 years old. There is too much development going on in the brain until that age. Kids can learn how to play the game properly until that age and develop the skills needed to become a better player and we can introduce tackling then and produce better football players when they can control their bodies better and lessen the risk of concussions until the age of 14....


Ivy League Moves to Eliminate Tackling at Football Practices

*City of Birmingham Proclamation*

WHEREAS, The City of Birmingham cares about the health and safety of its citizens and visitors; and

WHEREAS, the Wise Up! Initiative, a locally based charity committed to increasing awareness of the seriousness of traumatic brain injury; and

WHEREAS, The City of Birmingham commends the Wise Up! Initiative on their efforts to educate the public about such an important health concern facing citizens and visitors alike; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM A. BELL, SR., MAYOR of the City of Birmingham, Alabama, do hereby proclaim the month of July, 25th, 2015 as BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS DAY, in recognition of the efforts of the Wise Up! Initiative.




Drivers can thank Dean Sicking for safety improvements that save lives.



New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96% of NFL players that they have examined and 79% of all football players.





Exploring An Unknown In Concussion Research: Youth Football

For several years, researchers have been studying concussions in high school, collegiate, and professional contacts sports. But much remains unknown about head impact injuries in youth football leagues- typically ranging from ages 8 - 12. But that's soon about to change.







 "Making an invisible injury a visible issue"
Our Mission:
Wise Up!, an initiative of the Al and Sharyne Wallace Family Foundation, has been organized to bring awareness and education to the public on the various dangers and issues surrounding concussions, as well as raising research funding for the advancement in concussion research. Awareness with issues over concussions is at an all time high, but unfortunately the research is lacking. Our goal is to help further research and continue to educate the public as new findings become available.
Concussions: Diagnosis and Management in a School Setting
Laura E. Dreer PhD, Children's of Alabama Concussion Task Force
Sara Gould MD, MPH, Children's of Alabama Concussion Task Force
Dr. Laura Dreer and Dr. Sara Gould conducted concussion training at the School Nurse Workshop for 400 nurses last month at the Bradley Center. The objectives of this workshop were to help school nurses evaluate students who have sustained concussive injury, develop strategies for returning those students to the classroom and the importance of using a team approach to ensure the student has the necessary support and resources throughout their recovery period. The Wise Up Initiative was honored to provide materials to the participants and to be featured as a community resource provider in concussion educationClick here to watch webinar
Brain Waves: Life After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Returning to school, returning to work, finding a new job and many other life changes can be challenging, stressful, confusing and can complicate other emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems that are common after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Did you know physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) can help you manage these changes throughout life? Learn about the many ways PT and OT can be helpful long after rehabilitation. Read more
Schedule a free BrainWise presentation for your school or organization today!

Our Wise Up Team travels to local schools and organizations to provide Brain Wise, a concussion education program for all students in grades 4-12. Our free interactive program teaches students how to identify and report concussions. We provide current material for safeguarding young developing brains. Schools, community centers and youth organizations benefit as students learn to protect themselves and each other. Contact Kevin Drake at info@wiseupinitiative.org for scheduling.   
Help Wise Up Educate Others
We have shared concussion information with thousands of individuals and we have so many more to educate. Please consider helping us with a tax-deductible gift to continue our mission. You may mail a check to our corporate office or click the "Invest" button on the right to contribute online. Many thanks for your support! It means the world to us and the many families like ours who are affected by traumatic brain injury.
Real Concussion Story: Sarah the Soccer Player
As an A-student and star soccer player, Sarah is accustomed to hard work. However, after she sustained a concussion during a varsity soccer game, her freshman year in high school she found herself taking on a new challenge. Read more



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