Women’s Ice Hockey Participating in Concussion Awareness Week

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team is supporting the Headway Foundation and the fourth-annual Concussion Awareness Week, running from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2020.

The Headway Foundation’s mission is to shift concussion culture and promote athletes reporting of symptoms to change the narrative of what it means to be a strong athlete, or “The New Tough” as part of the 2020 Concussion Awareness Week campaign.

The Warriors social media channels, including on Instagram at @Merrimack_WIH and on Twitter at @MerrimackWIH will raise awareness and promote Headway’s ideals of promoting brain health and patience in concussion recovery. The objective of the week is to encourage peer-to-peer support and discussion on the importance of brain health and safety as athletes. Forwards Courtney Maud and Mikyla Grant-Mentis are serving as the team’s representative for this important initiative.

Merrimack joins hockey players from across conferences and genders, including the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference, ECAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in supporting this cause. We encourage all members of the Merrimack community to support the Headway Foundation and learn more about the New Tough campaign. To donate, please visit: http://headwayfoundation.com/donate/

About the New Tough Campaign

The center for Disease Control Reports that approximately 69% of student-athletes neglect to report possible concussion symptoms. New Tough is a campaign that addresses this by refraining from, and broadening an athlete’s definition of toughness. It challenges athletes to handle concussion properly by encouraging symptom reporting, offering avenues for teammates to support each other and promoting safe play. Read more here: www.headwayfoundation.com/newtough.

About the Headway Foundation

Headway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit addressing sports concussions. It was founded by three former ECAC Hockey student-athletes who endured concussions during collegiate play – Paige Decker (Yale Women’s Hockey ’14), Josephine Pucci (Harvard Women’s Hockey ’15 and Sochi Olympian) and Danny Otto (Yale Men’s Hockey ’12). To learn more about the Headway Foundation, visit their website at www.headwayfoundation.com.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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