National Concussion Awareness Day ® was founded in 2016 by Brooke Mills, who suffered a concussion as a freshman in high school. Concussions have become an epidemic in the United States, with millions of mild traumatic brain injuries happening each year. The purpose of National Concussion Awareness Day ® is to create an opportunity for public discussion of this issue. By raising awareness of the importance of recognizing a concussion, treating it appropriately and supporting the injured we can positively impact lives across the country.
National Concussion Awareness Day ® is a chance for health care practitioners, teachers, coaches and parents to connect and discuss baseline testing, signs and symptoms and the social and emotional issues that can result from mild traumatic brain injury. Health care professionals, non-profit organizations and support groups from across the United States will be participating in the sixth annual National Concussion Awareness Day ® on Friday, September 17, 2021. National Concussion Awareness Day is recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America. National Concussion Awareness Day will be recognized on the third Friday of each September yearly and is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In 2019 a bipartisan resolution was introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution was introduced in the House of Represntatives by Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) and Don Bacon (R-NE-2). To learn more and to participate in National Concussion Awareness Day ® click here.