"Blows to the head damage the brain, and it doesn't make much difference what causes the blow." - Dr. George Lundberg, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
AthletRx™: A Name to Reflect Our Broader Mission
When our founding team first conceived of Protect the Pug back in Summer 2017, we formed an organization to help protect boxers (aka "Pugilists", or "Pugs") from the dangers of progressive neurological damage. Since then, we have expanded to protect the interests of all contact sports athletes, with a substantial and growing board of esteemed teaching physicians, students, athletes, and medical doctors representing different disciplines of medicine. We still love our Pugs, but we knew we had to have a name that encompassed our broadened mission. We are excited to announce that we are officially rebranding as AthletRx™: The Contact Sports Athlete's Best Friend™.
AthletRx.org and Protect The Pug: Dedicated to making Contact Sports Safer Through Policy Change
Head trauma and its link to the high incidence of associated progressive neurological disorders is a serious public health concern.
These diseases range from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, and Parkinson's Disease among others.
In contact sports such as Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Soccer, American Football, Hockey, Rugby, Lacrosse, and Wrestling, there is a high incidence of both concussive and sub-concussive blows - culprits that are linked to these incurable neurological disorders, which have affected and continue to affect many athletes.
At this time, there are no known cures. But what we do know is that a good blow to the head, is no blow at all.
Therefore, we as a community must protect our athletes NOW by raising public awareness and proactively take a variety of measures to reduce both the quantity and impact of blows to the head.
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
Our Mission at AthletRx.org
To both raise awareness and reduce the incidence of these horrible progressive neurological disorders associated with contact sports, requires restructuring the current flawed systems that expose our athletes to unnecessary head trauma. To accomplish this calls for a wide spectrum organized effort to carry out a variety of initiatives that are focused on changing current flawed polices and laws as well as supporting medical research to hopefully one day find a cure.
Protect The Pug™ and AthletRx™ is the brainchild of co-founders Coach Craig Smith, who has over 40 years experience as a former amateur boxer, boxing trainer, licensed boxing manager and now a current 6th year medical student with an interest in neurological disorders; and his daughter, Candice Smith, a Two-Time State Track and Field finalist, Harvard graduate, Presidential Scholar, former Teach for America educator, philanthropist and entrepreneur.