NFHS Position regarding Soccer Headgear

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) The incidence of concussions in high school sports, including soccer, has been of interest and concern to the NFHS SMAC for many years. Increased knowledge, awareness, and public attention have produced major changes in management of concussions, and the NFHS SMAC continues …

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New Concussion Research on Laws + New Excuses by Soccer Bode Well for Citywide Concussion Plan

A new research study and a new defense by soccer organizations in the #TheFIFA5 lawsuit seem to confirm a citywide concussion plan maybe a very effective way to make sports safer for kids and lower liability for teams and city alike. Highlights ALL FOR ONE: Norwalk, CT successfully launches new citywide concussion plan for all youth sports CONCUSSION LAWS WORK: Dr. Trojian published …

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A Step-by-Step Guide: Reduce Risk+Lower Liability for Youth Sports Concussions

1. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?  Our youngest child athletes by being coached by adult volunteers with little or no concussion education. 2. WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? Untrained coaches who do not know how to recognize and respond to a possible concussion, increase the risk of more serious injury for child athlete. Ignoring the signs of a concussion …

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NFHS announces guidelines on football full contact

I have expressed my displeasure before on this blog of the slow nature of NFHS to respond to the concussion issue. I will let the documents speak for themselves and check out my good friend, Dustin’s blog. For the guidelines themselves, click link below: NFHS announces guidelines on football full contact For Dustin’s thoughts see http://theconcussionblog.com/2014/11/13/nfhs-develops-concussion-guidelines-for-football/ …

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The Concussion Conference 3.0 Connecticut

The new 2014 CT Concussion Law applies to students K-12 as well as athletes. Is your school ready with updated policies/practices for the 2014-15 year? The Concussion Conference: 2014 Connecticut Concussion Law & Research-Based Best Practices for K-12 Schools Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014 Hosted by Quinnipiac University Medical School, North Haven Campus Produced by Katherine Snedaker, …

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The Concussion Conference 2.0: RTP THEN RTP

Wednesday, May 7, 2014  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quinnipiac University School of Medicine | 370 Bassett Road | North Haven, CT Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from 78 School Nurses, 25 MDs, and 25 ATs who attended the Jan 2014 Concussion Conferences and requests for more concussion management training, this new conference includes both: Advanced …

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Why do our most vulnerable kids have the least experienced coaches?

(This post is a letter I sent to the State of Connecticut’s Children’s Committee on March 6, 2014) Why are our most vulnerable children by being coached by adults with the least knowledge of concussion?  Based on medical science and longer recovery rates for younger children, trained coaches are needed to coach elementary and middle …

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