The Concussion Conference: 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, LMSW Sponsored by Gaylord Center for Concussion Care

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Opening Remarks ESPN’s TJ Quinn

Keynote “Sports Concussions: What do we really know?”  Anthony Alessi, MD

Presentations from Medical, Academic, Legal and Athletic Concussion Experts for all levels of school staff

Administration Superintendents, Principals, Headmasters, Business Managers, ADs, Heads of Pupil Services Athletic Dept. Staff ADs, ATs, Coaches Clinical and Academic Staff School RNs, Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, ATs, Teachers

Schedule All Participants can come partial, half or full day

Continental Breakfast    7:45 AM Administration Sessions  8 AM -10 AM Athletic Dept. Sessions  8 AM-12 PM Clinical/Academic Sessions  8 AM-4:30 PM  

Questions Katherine Snedaker 203-984-0860

Speaker Final(edit)


Briana Scurry Guest Soccer Inspiration/Concussion Education


Mind Your Melon Invites

Youth Soccer Families to an Evening of

Soccer Inspiration and Concussion Education

with Special Guest Briana Scurry

Legendary US Goalkeeper

World Cup Champion

and Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sponsored by Shoreline Football Club

This event is pro-sport, upbeat and educational for young players from age 7 and up. Learn about the joys of soccer plus concussion education. Produced by Katherine Snedaker, MSW, the Mind Your Melon speakers don’t believe in scaring kids. We provide kids with helpful information to help make playing all sports safer.

3 PM Hangout with Briana @Location TBA in Darien/Stamford Briana and Katherine meet and chat with athletes with concussions or post concussion syndrome for a quiet, supportive 45 min talk – any age – no cost  - Please RSVP with tickets here.

7-8 PM Soccer Inspiration and Concussion Education Event @Bluestreak Briana gives talk of inspiration and concussion education, plus local youth players/parents tell their stories followed by Katherine’s educational game “Concussion Simon Says.” General public, please buy tickets here. Shoreline Families have been sponsored by their Club and just reserve a free ticket.

Want a Ball signed by Briana for Your Child? The Education Event will end with Briana handing out up to ten pre-signed balls to raise funds to cover event expenses. Your child will be called up on stage to receive the ball from her, and be thanked as a supporter. Suggested donation of $200 for a soccer ball for Briana will sign with your child’s name and hers before the event. Please buy balls here BEFORE the event.

8:15-9 PM Intimate “Meet and Greet” Reception @BlueStreak (Total of 6 family tickets are available) Briana meets with kids and their families after the event. Dessert. Briana will sign photographs which we supply. Suggested donation of $400 for one family up to 5 members – Please buy tickets here.

Briana was a goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team for most of the years between 1994-2008, earning a record 173 caps for the United States. She started 159 of those games and finished her international career with a record of 133-12-14. She also earned 71 shutouts.


Event would not be possible without support of our sponsors:

Bluestreak InjureFREE SoccerAndRugby and Fairfield County Sports Commission

Mind Your Melon is the youth outreach program of

See all our websites for more information on Concussions Youth Sport Concussion Education for Players-Coaches-Parents Info & Research on all Types of Female Concussions Professional Training for School Nurses-Staff-MDs-ATs on Return To School next event is May 7, 2014, Parents are welcome to attend. 

It's 10 o'clock and do you know where your bed is? Effect of late nights and sub-optimal sleep on the brain.

Our focus is on concussions and sub-concussive hits damage to the brain, but good to be reminded about the effect of late nights and sub-optimal sleep on the brain.Lose Sleep, Lose Your Mind And Health

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Why the fuss over Wambach's concussion?

Here are the issues why there is a fuss over Soccer's Abby Wambach's recent head injury and the ref's decision to stop the AT from examining her after she collapsed in the game. 1. Asking a concussed player if he/she is ok to play is like asking a drunk if he/she is ok to to drive. 2. Women are different than men when it comes to head injuries. 3. Children role model their play on how professional athletes play.

Concussed players are impaired and cannot make a determination if they are ok to play. This is one of the main the reasons that ATCs and other medical staff are present at games.

On the second point, we know women concuss at a higher rate then men but we are only at the point of guessing why due to neck strength, hormones, and/or genetic factors. And in general, women in general take longer to recover from concussions.

From American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement: Concussion in Sport 2012, page 6:

"Recent data suggest that in sports with similar rules female athletes sustain more concussions than their male counterparts.

- In addition, female athletes experience or report a higher number and severity of symptoms as well as a longer duration of recovery than male athletes in several studies."

And I am convinced that it is not because women being more honest, sensitive or fearful to return to sports. There is a real issue here. I recently presented in Washington, DC, at the Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Research Council (NRC) workshop on sports-related concussions in youth where almost every presentation brought up the issue of women and concussions and the need for more studies. The most alarming moment was when Tim Kelly, Head ATC of West Point spoke of how he sees a longer recovery time needed for his female cadets athletes than his male cadets. If there ever was a cohort of similar males to females as far as physical strength, personal determination and fortitude, I think West Point Cadets is it. Women are not just more honest, sensitive or fearful to return to sports. There is a real issue here.

So the bottom line is we have to educate parents, girls, coaches, trainers and doctors about head injuries and the risks. I spent my days working on this issue but there is no funding and only a few select media moments where we can get the message out.

On Super Bowl Sunday 2013, JIm Nantz provided one moment when he stated on a pre-game show with Roger Goodell that “women’s soccer players are 2 1/2 times more likely to suffer a concussion than college football player." What Nantz meant to say was to compare women’s soccer to "men soccer", not to football players. This “misquote” caused controversy as press, and soccer-football fans alike scrambled to google the correct statistics. It also was the inspiration for our website all about the issues of female concussions.

And on the last point, children are watching and do model their style of play on adults. How an athlete plays to how they celebrate a victory after a goal are all absorbed in by young players. Wambach's decision to play on and ref and trainer's response was a golden teachable moment. The medical staff, coaching staff and the ref had a chance to stop play and check her out which would have been following their own protocol. This did not happen and thus Stefan's article and the media response has been a windfall to spread concussion education to more people, parents and players.

Sports Culture will always be more powerful than any warning from a doctor or lecture from an educator... We are hoping to change the current sports culture about playing thru head injuries and making refs. coaches and ATCs more aware of the need to check out players right after the hit and not just after the game.