Brandi Chastain Donating Brain
Soccer legend will donate her brain for concussion research
"It is really about: How I can help impact soccer beyond scoring a goal in 1999 in the World Cup final. Can I do something more to leave soccer in a better place than it was when I began this wonderful journey with this game?" Said Chastain, according to Newsela. She is looking to help make a difference in soccer and help find the cure for concussions.
Researchers are studying the human brain and spinal cord tissues after death and are trying to find the diagnosis for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (CTE) This is caused by a blow or multiple blows to the head, this can progress to brain decaying, which causes memory loss, confusion, emotional issues, and other lifelong effects.
Chastain after scoring her game winning goal in the 1999 Women's World Cup
The foundation which Chastain pledges to give her brain to
Chastain today, age 47
After Chastain had told her son about donating her brain after she dies she said to him, " Well, I won't need it anymore, so I might as well put it to good use."