UW Medicine to Open First-Of-Its-Kind Sports Health and Safety Institute with Major Foundational Gift from National Football League

$2.5 Million Gift to Help Advance Research on Sports- and Recreation-Related Concussions

UW Medicine today announced the launch of the Sports Health and Safety Institute to advance research, education and advocacy for the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions. In addition, the Institute will focus on studying the overwhelming health benefits of sports and how to best make these activities safer and thus healthier. The establishment of the first-of-its-kind institute is made possible by a foundational donation of $2.5 million by the National Football League (NFL).

The conceptualization for the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is largely inspired by the personal story of Zackery Lystedt. In 2006, 13-year-old Zackery Lystedt was returned to play after suffering a head injury in a football game. He was later taken off the football field with major head trauma and treated at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center. Zack, his parents, and a large in-state coalition including the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association, business, community and medical groups were instrumental in the creation of the Zackery Lystedt Law, which regulates athletes’ return to play. The NFL advocated for the passage of similar youth sports concussion prevention laws across the country, leading to its adoption in all 50 states.

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