WHO IS TAYLOR?
Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and Major League Soccer MVP with the New England Revolution, is ESPN’s lead analyst for Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team matches.
Twellman played eight professional seasons for the Revolution and was one of Major League Soccer’s most prolific forwards before his career was prematurely cut short after suffering from multiple concussions.
He scored 101 goals in 174 matches for the team.For over 10 years, Taylor has suffered from the effects and symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (“PCS”.) Taylor realized, his career-ending injury was a life-changing event and was inspired to make a difference in the world of concussions.
Since his career-ending injury, Twellman has dedicated himself to generating awareness about the dangers of concussions and head injuries, particularly in soccer. Taylor has become a sought-after speaker and facilitator at conferences and seminars, focusing on increased awareness among youth players environment. Taylor and the ThinkTaylor team are driven and dedicated to changing the culture in the world of concussions. ThinkTaylor’s positive message emphasizing awareness, rehabilitation and education is putting the health of kids first and creating a positive social change and in return a safer, healthier and smarter environment.
WHAT IS THINKTAYLOR?
ThinkTaylor was created in 2011 after Taylor was forced to retire from all-star MLS career, when he was faced with post-concussion syndrome. He was scared and frightened about what he was hearing and reading. He made it his mission to make sure kids, parents, coaches and everyone else who has eyes on youth sports is properly educated. ThinkTaylor's main initiative is Concussion Awareness Week in MA, in partnership with Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). ThinkTaylor's color orange was chosen by Taylor, the color of healing. Every athlete (86k+ student athletes) takes part in the week where they raise awareness for concussion safety, receive education and learn to be supportive of anyone with a concussion.