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Beverly Hills, Feb. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bruce Parkman and his family are founders of the Mac Parkman Foundation for Adolescent Concussive Trauma. Their personal story of losing their 17-year-old son to suicide inspired them to raise awareness about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the dangers of young age, participation in contact sports and mental illness. .

Bruce recalls: “Our journey began on September 26, 2020, when our son posted a video saying he was going to end his life… That he was suffering from major depression, schizophrenia. Everything that was unknown to us. We frantically searched for it. He was found the next day. Our son had run. Course. Off a 100 foot rock. Leaving us with many, many questions and no answers.

… The coroner who handled our son’s autopsy, took a course in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)… and asked me about “Did my son have concussions ? I said, yeah about three. Three different sports – seasons – and he said, “Well, maybe you should check that out?”

And so began a journey of talking to people, learning about CTE. Does it affect children? Our son ended up at the Boston University Brain Bank, run by the Concussion Legacy Foundation with all the NFL players there.

He lived! He lived! He was loved. Why wasn’t he there?

Listen to the full episode with host Bruce Parkman on the Kid’s Brains Matter podcast.

The mission of the Adolescent Concussion Trauma Foundation (FACT):

The foundation’s message is very clear: Inform parents about the risks of contact sports at an age when the child’s brain is still developing. Parkman stressed that “we have to wait until children’s brains are ready to deal with the trauma of contact sports.”

Mental illness: result of contact sports injuries at an early age

Through FACT partnerships, their knowledge and understanding of brain research and the relationships between age, duration of sport participation, sports brain injury and mental illness have grown enormously.

Parkman says, “As the podcast series unfolds and we start talking about subconcussive trauma and traumatic brain injury, what’s important for all of us to understand is that our children’s brains are development.”

Delaying contact sports during the critical years of brain development

Parkman reflected on her son’s athletic journey. “Our son started playing sports when he was six years old,” he recalls. “He wanted to wrestle…then he wanted to play football…then he skied and snowboarded…”

The constant sports schedule that Mac endured during his youth is something he wishes he could change. “It wasn’t the concussions that killed our son, it was his way of life… He had a month and a half off to rest his brain…”, he solemnly recalls.

Advice from the Foundation for parents

The Parkman family is devastated and doesn’t want another family to suffer like them. Parkman’s appeal is deeply painful, but full of hope that the Foundation will make a difference. “I’m asking you to listen to me and my family because you don’t want to be here… If my son had chosen another sport or hadn’t practiced any, he would be here. The message is, wait! Let them enjoy the life of a child… A season of football. No back to back.

There will be interviews and valuable information for parents and caregivers with experts in the field of sports, brain development and concussions. Parkman hopes to “talk about what we need to do to change our societal view of contact sports in children… Contact sports are great. It’s America! But not for children.”


The Mac Parkman Foundation for Adolescent Concussive Trauma Vision: To create a centralized, trusted community for parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes to learn about the risk of concussion-related trauma for our youth, with a particular focus on the risks of multiple concussions, concussive subtrauma and long-term management and identification of problems, including physical pain/trauma, depression and other related mental health issues.

Our Mission: To serve as a source of information, resources and communications to the community of parents, sports coaches/coaches, medical personnel and athletes who are affected by sports-related concussions and raise awareness of the long-term implications of concussive and sub-concussive trauma in our children, including 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, publicity, fundraising and communications.

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