Re:Mind Recover was recently featured on ESPN Radio and in the Chicago Tribune.
Local expert and entrepreneurial athletes address brain health in contact sports
The Oscar race starts on December 25 when many first-rate films open across the country. Among this year's contenders is the sports thriller "Concussion" starring Will Smith as Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who revealed NFL players were suffering from game-induced brain damage.
Based on the 2009 GQ exposé "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, the biographical film also features Alec Baldwin as Dr. Julian Bailes, the real life neurosurgeon affiliated with Glenbrook Hospital and NorthShore Evanston Hospital. In addition to being chairman for NorthShore Neurological Institute, Bailes serves on the board of Re:Mind Recover.
Founded by Mike Harriett and Luke Thiem, who met as rookies while on the ChicagoLions Rugby team in 2009, Re:Mind Recover proactively addresses brain health in contact sports. The topic is timely since the family of the late Frank Gifford recently reported the Hall of Fame running back (who was involved in one of the most brutal collisions in the NFL's history) was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma.
"Everyone is starting to recognize that there is an issue," says Thiem, 2008's Collegiate All American for the University of Minnesota. "Because of our experience playing football and rugby, we were motivated to create the most effective product to support brain health for contact sport athletes," adds Harriett, former captain of the University of Chicago Football Team."
With a mission to revolutionize the industry, the two began connecting with experts across the nation including Dr. Michael Lewis, President of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, Mike Palm, Manager of Concussion Services at Athletico, and Dr. Pam Maher of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. "The more connections we made, the more the momentum grew," notes Thiem.
By spring 2015, the momentum materialized into Re:Mind Recover-a liquid nutrient designed to support focus and overall brain health for contact sport athletes while naturally balancing the body's inflammatory response after activity. "Similar to how an athlete drinks a protein shake to help rebuild muscle after a workout, Re:Mind Recover provides the building blocks that the brain needs to support healthy brain function," explains Harriett.
"Athletes should drink a Re:Mind Recover after every practice and game," advises Thiem. "Short term, Re:Mind Recover can help give athletes a mental edge over their competition by keeping their reflexes and reaction time sharp. Long term, Re:Mind Recover offers athletes a proactive way to address brain health."
The product has also had positive benefits for individuals suffering from migraines as well as aging adults who want to support memory and relieve joint soreness after activity. Yet for now the primary target is athletes because, as Harriett puts it, "the current 'wait and see' approach to brain health in contact sports must be improved."
In the mean time, adds Thiem, "we look forward to seeing the film 'Concussion'."
To learn more about Re:Mind Recover, visit remindrecover.com.