Governor Malloy’s Visit To Staples On Monday NOT A No-Brainer

Governor Dannel Malloy will be in the Staples High School fieldhouse next Monday (September 29) at 1 p.m.

He’ll sign a bill passed by the legislature earlier this year regarding concussion treatment and education in youth sports. A group of Westport mothers spearheaded the effort.

Here comes the governor.

Here comes the governor.


22 responses to “Governor Malloy’s Visit To Staples On Monday NOT A No-Brainer

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Anyone???? Bueller????

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    So, only “a group of Westport MOTHER’s spearheaded the effort” ?? Just “Mom’s”? No “Dad’s”?

  3. That is a very interesting question, Sharon.
    At least, the issue is being dealt with. Catching up with a problem that should have been “spearheaded” decades ago.

  4. I just head to do this-while Givernor Malloy is at Staples, maybe he can sit in a math class to learn if you give away freebies and spend more than you make, it is not very long before you have real issues. And maybe he can sit in a 20th century history class and learn how some leaders dealt with government financial woes. He can learn the Clinton doctrine…’it’s the economy stupid’.

    Sorry. This was a so called layup.

    Malloy seems to like coming to Westport lately–is he apologizing for giving incentives to Bridgewater to leave westport and go to Stamford? Go to his home town and take land that was previously deems environmentally protected. Was that $150 million he was giving away of our hard earned tax dollars? I hope our town leaders don’t let him forget how much we didn’t appreciate it.

  5. Bart~
    I do not not appreciate your comments on the visit to Staples by the Governor. The subject was concussions in high school sports and these mothers have done a wonderful job. All Westporters appreciate what they have accomplished. Please do not sully their good work with your political ranting.

    • To the moms. Congrats on the work on concussions. Sorry if a political comment took anything away from your efforts.

  6. Maybe the Governor should talk to some of the Staples coaches who historically have and routinely continue to put our concussion suffering children back into games (or threaten to take away their playing time….)

    Go Wreckers!! Win at all costs.

  7. Happens with Staples football – where do you think these “Moms” came from?

  8. The Staples coaches did NOT look the other way.

    • I know nothing firsthand about any of this but from the ESPN article linked by James, the implication is that if you are correct and they didn’t look the other way (which I have no reason to not believe), they perhaps didn’t have sufficient training to either recognize the symptoms of concussion or understand that at least some kids on their team weren’t going to volunteer info so need to look harder to protect the kids from themselves. If that is the case, I trust that the entire sports staff has received additional training on both fronts.

      That, or in the interest of sensentionalizing, the crack reporters from ESPN did not tell the whole story. Been known to happen.

  9. Parents, too, must be aware of symptoms, which is why this post is present.

    • Absolutely agree that parent of kids in sports where concussions are possible should make themselves aware of the warning signs.

  10. I realize this thread can go nowhere because you’re a long time well respected Staples coach and will invariably either a) take these attacks personally, or b) jump to the defense of your brethren, so let’s just agree to disagree that not all Staples coaches are Dan Woog.

    I haven’t been in Westport as long as many of your readers but…

    2011 – Football Coach Mike Pickering arrested for doing stupid things although I’m sure “boys will be boys…”

    2012 – Swim Team Coach Jeff Schare arrested for doing unspeakable things with small children.

    So I’m going to take the other side of the trade and assert that not all Staples coaches act in the best interests of their student athletes – who happen to be our children. Maybe the vast majority of them do, maybe all but two of them do, but to assert that it’s libelous to assume that maybe the coaches were trying to win a football game more than they were worried about a WR getting his “bell rung” is naive.

    A lot of it can and should be chalked up to training – and football at all levels has gotten a wake up call in the past few years – although the equipment remains essentially unchanged. But there’s a large part of this Staples Football mentality and additction to success that’s putting overly eager injured children (most players are still under 18) back in harm’s way all in an effort for some fleeting glory on the field.

  11. I appreciate the kind comments, James. But the training for all coaches is real, strong, consistent, ongoing and fully understood by coaches. Football equipment has changed, in fact — and Staples is a pioneer in using helmet caps that lessen impact. I also know that the football coaches kept at least one key player out of an important game even after he was cleared to play. That’s just one instance I know of.

  12. James –
    Westport has been way out in front of this issue vs its peers in the area. Please fill us in on your coaching CV (including contact sports) so we all can understand your perspective. Or do you do your best work behind the keyboard, or in the stands? Maybe then we could move on to all the good that Staples athletics broadly and football in particular does for kids, including sending student athletes to institutions like Princeton, Yale, Penn, Amherst, Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Trinity etc etc.

    Go Wreckers indeed!!!

  13. We are the parents who worked for the past 2-1/2 years to update the 2010 concussion law and to implement other policies to reduce exposure to these brain injuries. This legislation unanimously passed the house and the senate because 47 states were already requiring these concussion provisions. Parents, medical experts, academic professionals and the NFL supported it; but we need ALL coaches and statewide sports associations on this team.

    The cornerstone of any concussion management program begins with education. With this legislation, all high school athletes, their parents, and coaches will be educated. But this is just a first step and more needs to be done so that children in CT will have the standard of care provided in many other states. This includes concussion management and prevention protocols for all youth sports (not just high school) and return-to-learn provisions.

    The Institute of Medicine 2013 report Sports Related Concussions in Youth–concluded, “a culture change is a national priority.” We all need to accept concussions as very real and serious injuries that can result in a lifetime of medical problems. These children have a long and healthy life after high school sports, and the priority must always be the health of the children.

    Parents Concussion Coalition
    Diana Coyne, Pippa Bell-Ader, Ann Sherwood