Dignity Health Concussion Network

Help us support the health and safety of young athletes.

Sports are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among young people 15-24 years old. Every year, high school athletes sustain more than 300,000 sports-related concussions and athletes who return to play too soon and suffer a second concussion are at risk for Second Impact Syndrome, which can lead to death or severe disability.

Our game plan is already scoring big points

In 2015, we launched the Dignity Health Concussion Network in California, where more than one million student athletes compete each year. In Phase I of our pilot program, all four components of the network reached 1,400 students in five Bay Area high schools. Phase II was launched in fall 2016 to include another 25 schools that are now are set to participate in the Barrow Brainbook-only pilot.

Help us to champion the safety of young athletes

With your help, we will replicate the Dignity Health Concussion Network to reach 200,000 students on California’s Central Coast by the end of 2017. We also plan to initiate concussion education in elementary and middle schools. Now we need your support. Your unrestricted gift in any amount is welcome and will be applied where the need is greatest. We also invite you to make a donation to support one of our five funding opportunities.

For more information, email Emily Murrer or call 415.438.2314.

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Dignity Health employees are additionally invited to donate via  payroll deduction*. 

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Hear one athelete's story

After the third concussion, Courtney’s mom found Dr. Javier Cardenas, a neurologist and concussion expert with the Dignity Health network in Arizona, to treat Courtney. This experience and others like it inspired Dr. Cardenas to create Barrow Brainbook™ in 2011. Courtney has since shared her video story with Dignity Health Foundation to help spread the Barrow Brainbook message.