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Family of High School Lacrosse Player Sues over Concussion

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the June issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter. To see the full story, please subscribe at http://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

The family of high school lacrosse player Kendalle Holley has sued the School Board of Orange County (Fla.), the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), and an opposing Lacrosse player, after the opposing lacrosse player struck her in the head with a stick and caused a concussion.

The plaintiffs went on to claim that Holley, who plays for East River High School, was not properly evaluated, leading her to be reinserted in the game, causing a “severe exacerbation” of her injury, which they described as “continuing” and “permanent” …

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Major League Lacrosse Joins Concussion Legacy Foundation to Host 2016 Concussion Awareness Week

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced it will partner with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to host the first ever MLL Concussion Awareness Week June 5-11, which will be celebrated at five different MLL home stadiums. Throughout the week, the organizations, teams and players will engage fans and the lacrosse community through social media and events to educate on the seriousness of concussions.file000726425941 (1)

The announcement marks a continuation of a strategic partnership between MLL and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to solving the concussion crisis through research, policy and education. The partnership highlights the importance of player safety, and this year again includes concussion education presentations provided by the Foundation for each MLL team.

“We pride ourselves on having the most progressive player safety program in professional sports, and our continued partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation is paramount to that mission,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “With Concussion Awareness Week, we will use our platform and the Foundation’s unparalleled expertise to raise awareness of the importance of concussion prevention and management.”

The Concussion Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. MLL first began its partnership with the Foundation in 2013 with the development of a comprehensive concussion program focusing on research, education, prevention, diagnosis and management, with innovations such as the concussion check and the concussion caretaker model.

“We are thrilled to partner with Major League Lacrosse for Concussion Awareness Week,” said Concussion Legacy Foundation executive director Chris Nowinski. “Concussion awareness is a shared responsibility, and this is a great opportunity to partner together and promote prevention and proper management of concussions for our country’s fastest-growing sport.”

In addition to the Concussion Awareness Week programming, MLL has named the Concussion Legacy Foundation its 2016 All-Star Game charity beneficiary. The 2016 All-Star Game will take place Saturday, July 9 at Cal State Fullerton, in Orange County, California. For more information on the game, click

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ImPACT Selected by New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal to Support Head Injury Prevention Program

ImPACT Applications, Inc., developer of the ImPACT® test and ImPACT Concussion Management Model, has announced a partnership with New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), provider of property and casualty insurance programs for New York State public schools and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), to introduce “a comprehensive” Head Injury Prevention Program.

The Head Injury Prevention Program is designed to help subscriber school districts manage student athlete injuries and train faculty and staff to recognize, respond to and prevent school-sports-related concussions. NYSIR’s program utilizes ImPACT for neurocognitive baseline and post-injury concussion testing and to educate athletic directors, trainers, coaches, physical education instructors and school nurses on concussion management.

ImPACT testing and training is currently being phased in by NYSIR and by the end of February, NYSIR plans to have the Head Injury Prevention Program in every subscriber school district—over 350 New York public school districts altogether.  School sports covered by NYSIR’s agreement with ImPACT will include football, basketball, diving, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball, cheerleading, field hockey, wrestling and alpine skiing.

“For 26 years,” notes NYSIR President Carleen Millsaps, “we have been a leading insurer of New York’s public schools. The ImPACT-NYSIR partnership is a giant leap forward in our endeavors to continually provide programs and services that protect our subscribers’ student athletes, and a positive step in the education of school officials and staff about the risks of sports related head injuries.”

“ImPACT is honored to partner with NYSIR in its Head Injury Protection Program,” says Michael Wahlster, Chief Executive Officer of ImPACT Applications. “The organization is leading a national trend where innovative insurers recognize the important role they can play in helping subscribers implement an end-to-end concussion management program.”

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