Welcome to PINK Concussions
The PINK Concussions Panel: Faces of Female Brain Injury was just held for all participants at the National Institues of Health NIH conference "Understanding Brain Injury in Females."
At the NIH event, we announced #PINKBrainPledge and our partnership with the National PTSD Brain Bank to actively recruit women over the age of 18 to participate in brain injury research now and pledge to donate their brains. Learn more.
WHY IS FEMALE BRAIN INURY DIFFERENT?
THE FACTS are clear and proved in multiple research studies.
1. Women and girls sustain more concussions at a higher rate than their male counterparts in sports with similar rules.
3. Women and girls tend to have longer recovery periods than males, and more Post Concussion Syndrome.
SO WHY HAVEN'T YOU HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?
You aren't alone.
It has been 20 years since sex and gender differences were first seen in brain injury research; yet most women and their doctors are still unaware.
PINK Concusions' mission includes BOTH educating the general public as well as holding professional medical summits to train doctors.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
She is not prepared.
Since women and girls are rarely educated about female brain injury, they are not prepared to cope with the higher number and more severe symptoms as well as the longer recovery times and the risk of Post Concussion Syndrome.
These women and girls, along with their family, friends, teachers or employers, are often unprepared for the recovery head and have unrealistic expectations of the time needed to heal.
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
And despite these long-established facts of female brain injury...
the sport, academic, military, and medical communities do not have any female-specific medical guidelines.
There are no return to school/play/work/duty protocols or educational resources designed for women with brain injury.
PINK Concussions is the FIRST EVER non-profit organization with a highly personal and urgent mission to improve...
- the pre-injury education and
- post-injury medical care
for women and girls challenged by brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service.
We are #pinkTBI.
Training the medical community + inspiring research