Female brain injuries, including concussions, are not the same as brain injuries in males.

THE FACTS are women and girls have been shown, in multiple research studies, to:

  • Sustain more concussions at a higher rate than their male counterparts in sports with similar rules
  • Report a higher number, and more severe, symptoms than males
  • Have longer recovery periods than males

THE CHALLENGE is since women and girls are rarely educated about female brain injury (the #pinkTBI difference), many of these women are not prepared to cope with more severe symptoms and often have unrealistic expectations of recovery time with faced with Post Concussion Syndrome.

And despite the established facts of female brain injury (#pinkTBI) , the sport, academic, military, and medical communities do not have any female-specific medical guidelines, return to school/play/work/duty protocols or education resources designed for women.

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 concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. We are #pinkTBI.

OUR MISSION is to continue changing how the medical providers, families, schools and the workplace educate and care for females with #pinkTBI.

Our international medical summits are providing cutting edge research and updating training for the medical providers while stimulating conversation and collaboration among researchers working in the field. See 

Through our advocacy over the last three years, Female Brain Injury becoming an important topic in the news, medical journals, social media and on Capitol Hill. Already #pinkTBI videos, social media, articles in the press, scientific papers and conversations are starting to change the awareness and management of female brain injury.

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  • Continue to create international medical summits with world-class experts/researchers/clinicians
  • Publicize the most current research on how female brain injury is different from male
  • Stimulate, inspire, and fund future sex/gender-based TBI studies
  • Develop science-based, educational resources designed for women and girls' needs
  • Share the female experience of brain injury at state, national, and global events
  • Create in person and online communities for females isolated by concussion and TBI

The first female-focused educational resources for women will be created by PINK Concussions in the summer of 2017, based on the hard science and subsequent peer-reviewed summit articles from the brain trust gathered at our summits.


April 2, 2017, New Orleans - The PINK Concussions Symposium at the World Brain Injury Congress 2017 - information to be posted in mid-January.


PINK Concussions Symposium Palo Alto was held October 7-8, 2016, with 35 world class concussion and TBI experts presenting 25 papers and 20 posters for 120 participants hosted by hosted at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System.

2016 PINK Concussions International Summit on Female Concussion and TBI was held on February 27-28, with 65 world class concussion and TBI experts presenting 25 papers and 40 posters for 220 participants hosted by Georgetown University Medical Center. 

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