Des Hague serves as the Chairman of Corporate Contributions for the Stamford Youth Foundation. Earlier this month Des, along with SYF and partner Stamford Hospital announced that they will be providing youth football players and cheerleaders with safety screenings prior to the 2016 season. By providing Impact baseline, Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening, and Balance Error Scoring System exams for free, they will be able to track and properly diagnose injuries on the field of play. Being able to identify such injuries are imperative to recovery, as a proper amount of time is required to recover from head trauma.
Leading the initiative from Stamford Hospital is Dr. Kunec, who will be training youth coaches and parents in being able to properly identify head trauma injuries. Dr. Kunec finished her Fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine and spent some time on the Pittsburg Steelers football team, medical staff. With experience studying concussions and head trauma in athletes that range in skill from professional, to youth, she is the perfect lead for this philanthropic initiative.
Head injuries are a top concern for parents deciding whether or not to enroll their child in football or cheerleading. Having these information sessions, and baseline tests provided for by the SYF and Stamford Hospital will help better the safety of Stamford, Connecticut’s youth athletes.
The SFY is able to provide these services through the generous contributions of individual and corporate philanthropists. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to President of the SYF Tony Spadaccini at 74 Lakeview Dr., Stamford, CT 06905
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