Pittsburgh…a leader in concussion research, education, and treatment.

The Pittsburgh region has quickly become recognized as one the leading areas for the study of concussions, treatments for concussions, and the educating the world on how to best deal with concussions.  The launch of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research will enhance that reputation even further.

Some of the important milestones in the treatment of concussion were started in Pittsburgh.

  • Chuck Noll becomes first NFL coach to challenge medical community to find a better way to measure and monitor players with concussion symptoms.
  • The ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is developed in Pittsburgh as a critical tool to provide doctors and athletic trainers best practice benchmarks in making determinations regarding safe return to play decisions.  The NFL, NHL, and more than 8,400 high schools and colleges across the country have mandated ImPACT.
  • Seventeen years ago the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program was established in Pittsburgh, and today is considered the premiere medical facility for the assessment, management, and treatment of concussions. The facility has over 17,000 patient visits each and every year.
  •  In 2015, Pittsburgh was host to an unprecedented national gathering of the best and brightest minds in the areas of concussion research and concussion treatment. The NFL played a critical role in helping to fund the symposium.
  •  Participants at the symposium released a joint statement supporting their belief that concussions are treatable. This historic event was a critical step forward in providing uniformity in concussion treatment and shaping the next generation of concussion protocol.
  • In 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers began hosting at Heinz Field an annual event for regional high school coaches and trainers to share best practices for the prevention, and treatment of concussions.  Participants have included Steelers trainers, former players, medical researchers, medical staff, and Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
  • The creation of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research, launched with a $1-million-dollar contribution from the Steelers ownership, is the latest addition to the Pittsburgh regions impact on concussion research and treatment. The foundation was established with a commitment to help fund promising research in the area of brain related sports injuries.