KID’S BRAINS MATTER

The Mac Parkman Foundation for Adolescent Concussive Trauma was created to honor our son and brother, Mac Parkman who took his life after struggling with mental illness because of extensive exposure to concussive and subconcussive trauma from sports activities.

The Foundation serves to provide a centralized community of trust for parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes to learn about the risks of subconcussive and concussive related trauma for our youth, particularly focusing on the risks of multiple concussions, subconcussive trauma, and long-term management and identification of issues including physical pain/trauma, depression, and other related mental health issues.

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The Mac Parkman Foundation honors the loss of a great young man to sports-related concussive trauma...

The Mac Parkman Foundation honors the loss of a great young man to sports-related concussive trauma. Our purpose is to increase awareness of concussion-related trauma, how it affects our kid’s mental health, and to improve long-term concussion management. We'd love to hear from you.

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Learn how you can help the Mac Parkman Foundation and start raising awareness of Subconcussive trauma in our children...

By starting our children in sports at younger ages, extending their sports seasons, and allowing them to participate in contact activities before the age of 14, we have exposed millions of kids to billions of subconcussive events harming them along the way.

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Our Mission

To serve as a source of information, resources, and communications to the community of parents, coaches/Athletic trainers, and medical staff that require knowledge about sports-related subconcussive trauma and to raise awareness of the long-term implications of concussive and subconcussive trauma to our children to include physical pain and emotional/mental health issues such as depression, personality disorders, and other mental health issues. We will support this mission through collaboration with other sports, medical, educational, and military organizations, advertising, fundraising, and communications.

From the Blog

Millions of parents permit their kids to participate in sports encouraging their kids to be active and healthy. However, over the years, these sports that were historically played during one season a year have evolved to elongated periods through multiple private and public programs available to child athletes issues. In our blog we will address some of these issues.

Dec 05 2022

Damn, I’m hanging up my rugby boots…for Mac.

See I love rugby, have loved it ever since I got pulled out of a gym when I was approached by this guy in short shorts while I was under a squat rack with over 500...
Dec 05 2022

Concussions, concussions, concussions everywhere, what about the real danger, subconcussions?

As I learn to twit [tweet] and observe a lot of commentary on social media, I am still amazed at the lack of knowledge regarding subconcussions, contact sports and the...
Nov 08 2022

Attention all Zombies: We need Brain Donations for CTE/TES research!

A few weeks ago, I was honored to take a tour of the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy brain bank hosted by the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF)and...
Nov 06 2022

IT’S TIME TO REDEFINE CTE

Now is the time for society to recognize CTE as a threat to our children’s and young athletes’ well-being . . .
Oct 24 2022

NFL’s New Concussion Protocols Admit to Significant Neurological Damage

After suffering a severe concussive tackle during a nationally televised football game, the NFL was under severe pressure to answer questions as to why Tua Taravailoa...
Jun 23 2021

CTE is not an Adult Disease

One concern I frequently think about is how the press portrays CTE. The press represents CTE as a disease that primarily affects adults. While it’s true that most cases...
Jun 23 2021

Trauma on the Football Field

This week I received a video from a close friend showing a child being concussed by a violent hit on the football field. The video represents everything that we are...
Jun 17 2021

Why are we Focused on Concussions Only?

Throughout the journey since Mac passed, we have gained more and more awareness of the real dangers facing our kids. Everyone focuses on concussions and for a good...
Jun 17 2021

Special Operations Soldiers

A few months ago, this foundation played a key role in the outlining of new protocols for Special Operations soldiers that are suffering untimely deaths. Here, a...
Jun 17 2021

Technique and Playing Smartly

I was with my wife at a spa where they stretch you, a good thing for an old man. An athletic man was helping me. We started talking about sports, and I told Mac’s...

What can you do?

The lack of understanding of subconcussive trauma is the largest gap in knowledge that many parents, coaches, trainers, and medical staff have when it comes to managing our children and sports. By starting our children in sports at younger ages, extending their sports seasons, and allowing them to participate in contact activities before the age of 14, we have exposed millions of kids to billions of subconcussive events harming them along the way. Parents must understand the risks of subconcussive trauma and manage them like any other risk to their child to prevent them from being harmed and allowing them to have full and productive lives.

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