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.

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...
Jun 17 2021

“I have an idea why I act the way I do.”

Not too long ago, we shared Mac’s story with some adolescents undergoing rehabilitation for substance abuse. One of them approached our speaker and informed her he had...
Jun 17 2021

Therapist and MPFACT Work Together

The other day I was talking to a therapist who has been keeping track of me as I deal with grief with Mac’s departure. As I told the story of Mac and the Foundation,...
Jun 17 2021

Bagpipe World Record

Last week I was skiing in Breckenridge where Mac and I went so often. I had this crazy idea that I should bring my bagpipes to the top of the Imperial Chairlift, which...
Mar 07 2021

“Kids will return to concussion, not sports.”

The other day I was saying goodnight to Mac as usual by playing the bagpipes at sunset at the Rod and Reel Pier here on Anna Maria Island. As I was playing one of the...

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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