Our 2018 PINK Concussions Ambassadors
Here are eight amazing women sharing their experience of brain injury, their personal insights and advice for medical/research community. While each was injured in different ways through sports, violence, accidents and military service, they share similar challenges and victories along the journey of brain injury.
These interviews were filmed on Dec 18, 2017, when The PINK Concussions Panel: Faces of Female Brain Injury was hosted the National Institutes of Health NIH workshop, Understanding Brain Injury in Women.
Brain Injuries in Sports
Natalie’s promising career in high school lacrosse ended with a check to her head in spring of her Sophomore year.
Keywords: Sports Injury, Lacrosse Injury, High school work load, beening a teen with anxiety and school pressure
Watch for: Sports Injury, Soccer Injury, Professional Athlete, Multiple Concussions, Woman
Brittni, PINK Board Member, is former collegiate soccer player who was forced to retire from soccer after her 9th concussion.
Keywords: Sports Injury, College Soccer Injury, Professional Athlete, Multiple Concussions
Brain Injury from Accidents
Chéri, a professional actress and model, was sidelined by a fall onto cement in an action scene on the set.
Watch for: Work Injury, Actor/model, Career Changing Injury
Cara survived a motor vehicle accident when driving back to Cornell Law School in upstate NY.
Watch for: Car Injury, Graduate Student
Brain Injury from Violence
“Freya” was beaten, strangled, held underwater, and thrown from a porch by her husband.
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Brain Injury from decades before, Anxiety
Colleen Slaton's dream of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist was put on hold by a violent workplace assault.
Keywords: Violent Assault at the Work Place, Returning to Graduate School after brain injury
Brain Injury in Military Service
Watch for: Military Service Injury, Recovery from Brain Injury Years before
Harmony Allen’s 11-year career in the US Army was cut short by a high-speed parachute accident.