Loomis Athletics Teams Up with Headway Foundation
Loomis Chaffee winter sports teams participated in a campaign to change the wider sports culture surrounding concussions through a program with the Headway Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes sports safety and concussion awareness.
Over the course of 10 days in late January and early February, Headway worked with Loomis athletes, coaches, and members of the Athletics Department to share proper ways to prevent, report, and spot concussions as well as resources that athletes can use to help cope with and recover from head injuries.

Athletic director Sue Cabot spoke on the partnership with Headway Foundation: “As an athletic department we look to be leaders in the care and safety of our athletes and athletic program and embracing the Headway Foundations platform to change the culture around concussions in sports supports what we do.  Our Girls Hockey program has been working with them for a few years now and when Coach Leyden passed the information on to me, it was a no brainer to involve all of our winter teams.  Our coaches and athletes took time out of practices to learn and discuss the New Tough initiatives.  Our athletes know the symptoms of concussions; the importance to self-reporting; and are committed to playing the game safely. We look forward to continuing these conversations each season and taking part to support Concussions month annually.”

The effort was part of Headway’s “New Tough” campaign, which challenges athletes to handle concussions properly. In a society that expects players to be tough, athletes tend to hide their concussion symptoms from trainers, parents, peers, and coaches. The New Tough pact encourages athletes to report concussions symptoms as soon as they are experienced, provide help and support to other brain-injured teammates, and play the game within the rules in order to prevent injuries.

For more information about the ‘New Tough’ campaign, visit Headway’s website. 

Loomis athletes also spoke about what it means to be New Tough. See what they had to say about helping to shift concussion culture.