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Bay State Savings Bank Supports Pre-Concussion Testing Program

December 3, 2014

WORCESTER, MA – November 2014 – One hundred seventy-three Worcester Junior Sharks Youth Hockey players recently participated in Pre-Concussion Testing, thanks to a donation received earlier this year from Bay State Savings Bank’s Champions for Children initiative. The children were tested by representatives from The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention on November 9th and 23rd at the Auburn-Webster Elks Lodge in Auburn, MA, who donated the space for the testing.

“The testing provides a baseline measurement of cognitive ability, with the results sent to the child’s parents,” said Worcester Junior Sharks Youth Hockey Pre-concussion Testing Coordinator, Michelle Domey. “Then, if a player endures a concussion, it is possible for a Physician to refer to the original testing to determine when it is appropriate for the child to resume playing.”

“I, personally, suffered a brain injury and understand how important it is for athletes to protect themselves against concussion. Whatever steps we can take now to prevent serious injuries in the future are well worth it. And we are so grateful to Bay State Savings Bank for their generosity. We definitely couldn’t have done the testing this year without their donation.”

“With so many news stories of youth experiencing serious sports injuries, and concussions in particular, we felt strongly this was an issue that needed support,” said Diane Giampa, SVP/Human Resources & Marketing for Bay State Savings Bank. We believed we could make a real impact by supporting an organization, like the Worcester Junior Sharks Youth Hockey program, that is trying to screen for and prevent these injuries as well as provide valuable education to children and their families.”

The mission of the Worcester Junior Sharks Youth Hockey Program is to provide a competitive and supportive environment where players of all ages and abilities can maximize their potential both on and off the ice. The foundation of the program is based on 33 years of experience and three core values:  Integrity, Character, and Work Ethic. The emphasis of the program has been and will continue to be individual skills development, camaraderie and fair play. 

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