Soccer Player Brandi Chastain Plans To Donate Her Brain To Science

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain, best remembered for scoring the winning goal at the 1999 World Cup finals and promptly ripping her shirt off with glee, announced recently that she plans to donate her brain to concussion research. People magazine reports:

According to the New York Times, the 47-year-old is planning to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, as well as researchers at Boston University, to conduct studies on concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy – or C.T.E. – which is a degenerative brain disease.

Although no female soccer players have been diagnosed with C.T.E, it has reportedly been found in male soccer players and is believed to be caused my taking blows to the head, a situation common in soccer with numerous players heading the ball.

Chastain also admitted that she’s had recent incidents of walking into a room without remembering why, and wonders if it has something to do with the fact that she’s been playing soccer for 40 years.

More than anything, Chastain hopes to leave a legacy that actively helps the next generation of women.

“People talk about what the ’99 group did for women’s soccer. They say, ‘Oh you left a legacy for the next generation.’ This would be a more substantial legacy.”