Manchester 62 partner with Concussion Legacy Foundation
Manchester 62 FC who have focused their attention on concussion safety issues since their takeover by Monsour has announced that “beginning October 29, 2023, in their much anticipated match against defending league champions Lincoln Red Imps, the club will be representing the famed Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) icon on the front of both their home and away kits. The move, planned for the foreseeable future, is the next step in the club’s commitment to promoting concussion safety and awareness in the world of European football. Manchester 62 FC is proud to support CLF, the globally renowned non-profit organization co-founded by neuroscientist Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. and Robert Cantu, M.D dedicated to concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) education, advocacy, and research with chapters in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.”
“We are excited to collaborate with Man 62 to raise awareness and advance athlete safety,” said Nowinski, CLF’s CEO. “We appreciate and respect their mission to combine excellence on the field with long-term safety of their players. To have the CLF icon on the player kit, with our upward arrow calling attention to the player’s head, will be a constant reminder of their commitment to brain health.”
CTE is a progressive brain disease caused by repetitive traumatic brain injuries. Over the last decade CTE has been diagnosed in professional football players in the United States, United Kingdom, and Netherlands including Jeff Astle, Jimmy Conway, Jimmy Gabriel, Rod Taylor, Jimmy Fryatt, and Wout Holverda. New research suggests the best way to prevent CTE is to reduce both the number of hits and the strength of hits to the head that an athlete sustains, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation will look to arm Manchester 62 FC with the latest data to protect their players.
“Today’s partnership announcement with Concussion Legacy Foundation is the culmination of what Manchester 62 Football Club has become and what we as club will continue to strive to be,” said Monsour. “The issues of concussions and nonconcussive head impacts in the world’s game affects the health and wellbeing of footballers all over the globe, as well as their families. It is no longer an unproven science that the long-term effects of heading the ball repetitively over a player’s career leads to an increased risk of dementia, often caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). What Chris Nowinski and Bob Cantu have done over the past 16 years has shed light on an issue that even today, most of my fellow colleagues in the football world, continue to ignore. Make no mistake concussions and CTE in the world’s game is very real, and if we do not make an effort to educate ourselves, to find ways to reduce the negative effects of heading the ball, we will be condemning the very players we idolise, and then in turn condemning the very game we love.”