Chastain to donate brain for CTE research

Brandi Chastain who is famous for her celebration following the 1999 Women’s World Cup, has announced that she will donate her brain to research.

Brandi Chastain, whose iconic celebration at the 1999 Women’s World Cup became a lasting symbol of power and success in women’s sports, announced Thursday morning that she has decided to donate her brain after death to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to be studied by the renowned Boston University CTE program.

“I’m not going to be needing it at the end of my life, No. 1,” Chastain said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports, “and hopefully, what can be learned is, can doctors and scientists and neuroscientists look at the brain of someone like me, who has been playing soccer a majority of my life, and really dissect the brain and say, ‘Here’s where we see it beginning?’ Could we then use that information to help say that before the age of 14, it’s not a good idea to head the ball?’ “

Chastain, 47, said she suffered two concussions while playing in college at California and…

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