Retired U.S. soccer player Brandi Chastain, 47, has agreed to donate her brain to researchers at Boston University specialized in concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) a degenerative brain disease, which is believed to be caused by small blows to the head and linked to “heading” in soccer. She is the second ex-player of the U.S. women’s soccer team to do so — after Cindy Parlow Cone — and both women have campaigned to curtail heading in youth soccer. “People talk about what the ’99 group did for women’s soccer. They say, ‘Oh, you left a legacy for the next generation,’” Chastain told The New York Times, reflecting on her career. “This would be a more substantial legacy — something that could protect and save some kids, and to enhance and lift up soccer in a way that it hasn’t before. That was the impetus for saying yes. If we can learn something, we should. And I won’t need it.”
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