At The Drake Foundation, we are uniting sport, science and society

The Drake Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to understanding and improving the health and welfare of sports players through scientific research and collaboration. Launched in 2014, we have already invested over £2 million into research funding and open access resources that unite sport, science and society.

Much of our work to-date has centred on concussion and head injuries in sport – our projects have brought together the brightest minds across science and sport, investigating the diagnosis, pathology, prevalence and management of concussions, primarily in rugby and football. We believe the knowledge from these projects will serve not only to improve sports safety, but also provide valuable insights into the processes underlying neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.

We started our work in rugby union, where 2016/17 season statistics demonstrated concussions to be the most common of all match injuries with 169 concussions recorded across the season. Having now launched projects in both active and retired professional rugby union players, we have also expanded our reach to launch research projects in professional football.

With multiple ground-breaking concussion projects underway, we are also now expanding our scope and research portfolio to cover the wider health and wellbeing of sportsplayers across their careers, with a focus on the years directly running up to and following retirement. Our funding in this area will support novel research investigating the long-term effects of playing and retiring out of professional sport on both mental and physical health, providing new insights to support future generations of athletes both during their sporting career and beyond.

The aim of all our research and educational projects is not only to affect positive change in professional sport, but also to consider how findings can be translated into grassroot sports settings and may benefit wider society.

As part of its continuing commitment to facilitating scientific research, The Drake Foundation has also launched a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, Concussion, published by Future Medicine on behalf of the Foundation. The journal highlights significant advances in basic, translational and clinical research, and places them in context for the future. In addition, The Drake Foundation’s Concussion Database is an educational resource that pulls together scientific research, conference information, and other relevant resources available in the public domain, and organises it as a relational database able to be queried by multiple users. Concussion Zone is a further resource designed to share information and expert opinions on the subject of concussion – from the latest research, to sporting guidelines, to medico-legal issues – published on behalf of The Drake Foundation by Future Science Group.

Central to The Drake Foundation is a passion for sport and dedication to improving participant safety, so that contact sports can be enjoyed freely. To stay updated on the activities of The Drake Foundation, please visit www.drakefoundation.org, follow us on @thedrakefdn, or get in touch at info@drakefoundation.org.