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Norwalk Mayor Hosts Youth Concussion Summit At City Hall

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will host the a Youth Concussion Summit on Monday, Aug. 24, at Town Hall.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling will host the a Youth Concussion Summit on Monday, Aug. 24, at Town Hall. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Youth Concussion Summit will be held on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall in the Community Room.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk Department of Health and Katherine Snedaker will host the event.

The summit will review how Norwalk has led the state by taking a citywide approach to addressing youth concussions. This event is an opportunity for medical providers, youth sports leaders and school officials to review the success of the Norwalk Concussion Guidelines, and discuss a plan for the coming school year as Norwalk officially becomes a "Concussion Care Connected Community.”

Along with political and school leaders from neighboring towns, Norwalk Hospital and the Norwalk Public Schools administrators are scheduled to attend the summit. They include:

  • Dr. Steven J. Adamowski, Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools
  • Michael J. Daglio, President of Norwalk Hospital and Senior Vice President of Western Connecticut Health Network
  • Dr. Benjamin Greenblatt, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Vicki Smetak, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital

There will also be a dedication of the Norwalk Concussion Guidelines in the name of Jonathan Brown, a late resident of Norwalk who died in 2012, in the memory of his love for sports and for the message for young kids participating in any physical activities to never take a head injury lightly.

There will be a review of the Norwalk Concussion Project by Snedaker, Executive Director of the non-profit, Pink Concussions, and advocacy organization SportsCAPP, and a clinical update for medical providers by Patricia McDonough Ryan, PhD, from the Gaylord Hospital Center for Brain Health.

The summit will conclude with a discussion of plans for 2015-2016 school year and the proposed IRB research study with Dr. Theresa Miyashita, Ph.D., ATC, PES, CES, Program Director, Athletic Training Education Program at Sacred Heart University.

The meeting is free and open to anyone. People interested in attending should RSVP to Sneedaker at Katherine@PINKconcussions.com to guarantee seating.

Norwalk was the first city in Connecticut to enact concussion guidelines for organized youth sports programs which utilized Norwalk recreation facilities.

The guidelines were created to close the loophole that exists in the current Connecticut Concussion Law which protects only public middle and high school athletes who play for their school-sponsored teams.

Only one out of every 11 Norwalk students is covered by the state law.

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