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Survivor Stories

Cole's Story

  	Real Stories: Cole. My doctor says CDCs online training saved my life. Read Coles Story. 

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Cole's wrestling coach saved his life by knowing concussion signs and symptoms.

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Sarah's Story

  	Real Story: Sarah. After my concussion, I struggled in school. Read Sarahs story.

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Concussions can impact kids and teens in the classroom.

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Learn how to help kids and teens during their recovery as they return to school and return to sports.

Shelby's Story

  	Real Stories: Shelby. I helped change my sport to make it safer. See Shelbys story.

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High rates of head injury lead to a national rule change in high school cheerleading.

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Learn how you can also get involved to help protect youth and teens from concussion.

Tracy's Story

  	Real Stories: Tracey. I hid my concussion so I could play. See Tracys story.

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Keeping quiet can keep you out of the game.

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Watch videos from Tracy, other teens, and their parents, and learn insights from professional athletes and concussion experts.

Zack's Story

  	Real Stories: Zack. Strength is my son learning to walk again. Read Zacks story.

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The Lystedt Law: a concussion survivor's journey. 

Read Zack's Dad's Story [PDF - 298 KB]

"I never knew how serious it could be. I want the message to get out there. [Parents] need to know what to look for and that it can be a life-changing event."

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Learn more about concussion in sports policies and laws.

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Watch the pros tell their stories, the experts give their insights, and families, both teens and their parents, discuss how concussion has changed their lives. Also learn about brain injury basics and helmet safety.


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HEADS UP Film Festival

	Heads Up Film Festival

Giving brain injury a voice by telling your story. To participate, create a video about your experience, then upload it to YouTube and tag it with HeadsUpFilmFestival.