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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Malloy to Sign Concussion Law Monday in Westport

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be in Westport on Monday to sign a law that seeks to strengthen measures relating to concussions suffered by student athletes, it was announced today.

The signing will take place at 1 p.m. in the Staples High School Field House.

Malloy will be joined by three Westport residents and founders of the Parents Concussion Coalition, Diana Coyne, Pippa Bell Ader, and Ann Sherwood, who were instrumental in getting the law unanimously passed in May, the governor’s office said.

The law mandates schools to provide concussion training to coaches, students and parents.

In February, lawmakers were moved when they heard the story of Luke Sherwood, Ann Sherwood’s son, who suffered multiple concussions playing soccer when he was 12 and 13.

“I was nauseous, I couldn’t think straight,” Sherwood said. “The pounding headache that never went away.”

Ann Sherwood told a legislative hearing that because of her son’s experience, she became the “go-to” resource in Westport for other parents when their child suffered a concussion.

Two years ago she crossed paths with two other Westport mothers whose sons had suffered “life-changing concussions.”

“We saw the glaring need for further protection of our youth,” she said.

The law requires student-athlete and parent concussion education, informed consent, parent notification of a suspected concussion and concussion data collection for all students.

In addition, the legislation includes formation of a task force, which will make recommendations regarding additional concussion provisions for the next legislative session.

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