City of Somerville and Con­cus­sion Legacy Foun­da­tion Forge Part­ner­ship to Cre­ate Model City for Youth Sports Safety

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“We look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing to make Somerville a model city, and then work­ing with other ci­ties to repli­cate this model in a scal­able man­ner,” Nowin­ski said. “Our au­dit re­vealed Somerville al­ready had a strong foun­da­tion in place, but the sci­ence is mov­ing so quickly that it is good prac­tice for ev­ery­one to an­nu­ally re­visit and im­prove their con­cus­sion pro­grams.”

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — The City of Somerville, Mas­sachusetts an­nounced a three-year part­ner­ship with Bos­ton-based Con­cus­sion Legacy Foun­da­tion to de­velop the city into a model for con­cus­sion ed­u­ca­tion, pol­icy and preven­tion for its youth ath­letes.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Mayor Joseph Cur­ta­tone, the city Mayor, and Con­cus­sion Legacy Foun­da­tion co-founder and CEO Chris Nowin­ski.

The Con­cus­sion Legacy Foun­da­tion will work with the Mayor’s Of­fice, the Somerville Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, the Somerville Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, and the Somerville Pub­lic Schools to ed­u­cate stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing coaches, par­ents, and ath­letes, as well as de­velop and ex­pand cut­ting-edge poli­cies for con­cus­sion man­age­ment and preven­tion for the city, recre­ation depart­ment, and schools.

“I am pleased to an­nounce SomerSafe Sports not only as Somerville’s mayor but as a fa­ther, a for­mer foot­ball coach, and a for­mer ath­lete my­self who has ex­pe­ri­enced con­cus­sions,” said Mayor Cur­ta­tone. “It is im­por­tant to me that we take all of the nec­es­sary steps in prevent­ing con­cus­sions in our youth ath­letes so that they stay healthy and safe as they de­velop their skills play­ing youth sports.”

The Foun­da­tion’s ag­ship youth ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, Team Up Against Con­cus­sions, was pre­sented by Foun­da­tion pro­gram man­ager Cli Rob­bins to fth through eighth grade stu­dents at West Somerville Neigh­bor­hood School. The Team Up pro­gram will be brought to schools through­out Somerville over the course of the next year, with the goal of reach­ing every pub­lic school stu­dent in Somerville with con­cus­sion ed­u­ca­tion.

Part of the City’s en­hanced fo­cus on con­cus­sion safety will now in­clude a Somerville Con­cus­sion Re­sources page on the City’s web­site. This page will pro­vide par­ents, ath­letes and coaches an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble library of doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion on con­cus­sions.

A re­port on con­cus­sion di­ag­noses from Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) last month showed that pa­tients ages 10 through 1 are ve times more likely to be di­ag­nosed with a con­cus­sion than all other age groups com­bined. In 2015, Mas­sachusetts had the high­est con­cus­sion rate for that age group in the coun­try with 27.5 con­cus­sion di­ag­noses per 1,000 BCBS mem­bers each year.

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