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Lowell General Hospital and Xenith® Host Sports Injury Awareness and Prevention Program

Lowell General Hospital recently hosted a sports injury and concussion prevention and awareness program in partnership with Lowell-based football helmet manufacturer Xenith. The program was held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Lowell General Hospital's main campus located at 295 Varnum Avenue in Lowell, Massachusetts.Featured speakers included New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, retired NFL star Jermaine Wiggins, physician Dr. Mark Romanowsky, and Head Athletic Trainer from Lawrence Academy Frank Mastrangelo. All speakers are committed advocates who are dedicated to spreading the message about the dangers of concussions in youth, amateur and professional sports.

Dr. Romanowsky, who serves as a team physician for UMass Lowell and Lowell High School, spoke about the importance of recognizing the signs of concussion, which can include headache, dizziness, nausea and lack of motivation, and stressed that it takes a full team of coaches, parents, players and educators to ensure young athletes fully recover from the dangerous head injuries before returning to the field.

Wiggins, who now coaches in a youth football league, stressed the importance of proper technique to the coaches and young athletes in attendance. "I tell my players and my two sons who play football, 'keep your head up'. Look at what you're tackling,'" Wiggins said. "Proper technique is so important and it's the best way to keep from getting hurt." He also stressed the need for players to speak up if they are not feeling well.

McCourty discussed his own experience on the field and the importance of having a properly fitted helmet. Both he and Wiggins fielded questions from the young players and parents in the audience, including a question from a coach about the importance of stretching. "I hate to stretch, too!" McCourty admitted, drawing laughs from the audience. "But it is important and it's something that we focus on a lot on our team."

Mastrangelo, who is both a State and Nationally licensed Athletic Trainer for over 20 years and an EMT for nearly 30, spoke about the importance of the signs of concussions and first response. With his training and firsthand experience as a Medical Coordinator he spoke about the simple steps you should take upon any injury. "Many coaches are unprepared for emergency situations when time is a critical factor. It's important to have a plan in place and for all coaches to be aware of the simple things when communicating with 911 and first responders."

"We were pleased to partner with Xenith on this important program," said Michelle Davis, Vice President of External Affairs. "The number of sports injuries we are seeing in young people is truly reaching an epidemic level. So many of these devastating injuries could be prevented, whether through more strengthening and conditioning activities or the use of appropriately fitted personal safety equipment. We are eager to engage local parents and their children in this important discussion so we can work together to keep kids safe and healthy."

Members of Tyngsboro Youth Football pose with New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (left) and retired NFL star Jermaine Wiggins (right) at the sports injury and concussion prevention and awareness program Lowell General Hospital hosted in partnership with Lowell-based football helmet manufacturer Xenith. The Tyngsboro Youth Football program received 40 free Xenith helmets thanks to proceeds from Lowell General Hospital’s annual Ball for Community Health Initiatives.Xenith presented its "Enlightened Warrior Award" to two local athletes, Zach Bassett and Patrick Noonan of Dracut, to recognize their commitment to modeling safe sports behavior and inspiring other young players to do the same. Through proceeds from its annual Ball for Community Health Initiatives, Lowell General Hospital donated 40 Xenith X2™ Football Helmets to Tyngsboro Youth Football and a select number of helmets to several other local youth football programs in attendance. Xenith helmets have been worn by over 200,000 players at all levels, including youth, high school, major college and NFL, most notably by Devin McCourty and brand ambassador Ray Rice of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Xenith also hosted a proper fit seminar that featured the innovative Xenith X2 Youth helmet, which was available for purchase as part of the special community awareness program.

"Xenith is proud to partner with Lowell General Hospital in their effort to educate local athletes on the importance of sports injury prevention," said John Duerden, Executive Chairman and CEO of Xenith. "Team sports are woven into the fabric of our society, and enrich the lives of the athletes that participate in them. It's been our mission to keep athletes safe and healthy in their pursuit of athletic achievement, and we are committed to our continued support of Lowell General's exceptional efforts toward promoting community wellness."

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