It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Coach Ken Jennings will receive the 2015 Gorvernor’s Serve Illinois Award in the Governor’s mansion in Springfield April 20th. Coach Kenneth Jennings has not let being injured and paralyzed playing high school football crimp his lifestyle of being a 24 hour-a-day volunteer. Coach Ken […]
OUR GUEST PRESENTER: Coming soon in May. Daniel Daneshvar MD/PhD Student at BUSM; Postdoctoral Researcher at the CTE Center; SLICE Co-Founder and Director CTE Center Role Dan works at the CTE Center, whose mission is to conduct research on the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in athletes, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). His research focuses on characterizing and identifying […]
Youth Sports Safety Alliance The Ca4SS organization is pleased to be a member of the NATA Sports Safety Alliance. Check out our affiliates working in this organization. Alliance membership continues to grow. More than 100 organizations have committed to the Call to Action and taken steps to make safe sports a reality. Member organizations’ commitment […]
Announcing Second Webinar Session in the 2014-2015 Community Alliance for Sport Safety Series on Injury Prevention and Safe Practices for Student Athletes Held: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 3 PM Eastern Time. Student Athletes at Risk: Pay Now for Certified Trainers, OR,- Pay Later-A Compelling Argument Made for Investing in Certified Athletic Trainers to Address […]
Now, a class action suit seeks better protection for our student athletes in Illinois. Is it too late? http://fox6now.com/2014/12/01/the-first-ever-illinois-high-school-football-player-files-class-action-lawsuit-over-concussion-protocols/ Eyewitnesses for the practice-play that paralyzed Rob Komosa on October 6,1999 say that a very near coach’s “quick whistle” LIKELY could have prevented the prolonged tackle driving Rob’s head into the post. Much more needs to […]
Seventeen-year-old Rob Komosa broke his neck after being tackled during high school football practice one fall afternoon in 1999. Awakening to find that he was quadriplegic and breathing on a ventilator, tears rolled down Rob’s face as he cried out, “God, where are you in all of this?” As a permanent deacon, my ministry outreach […]
CA4SS is forming the new “Leap of Faith Club”. This club will bring together people with stories of Resilience. You can learn many “secrets” from resilient stories. Persistence and focus play a big part in Resilience and Transition. Who will you nominate for the “Leap of Faith Club”?
Today, the remarkable story of a generous New York City cop helping a “homeless man” is all over the news again. What was initially a social media “viral” heartwarming story has apparently turned into a quite sour twist and turn. According to today’s Huffington Post: “Asked about the $100 all-weather boots Officer Larry […]
Check out this Daily Herald-Associated Press Story? http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141205/news/141208938/ Deacon Don Preaching at Funeral of Athlete Today’s “high wire act” of performing stunts without a “safety net” in high school sports action protecting the vulnerable brains and spinal cords of student athletes may soon be forced to change? Without providing certified trainers on duty before, during […]
Since 1999 the work of the Community Alliance for Sport Safety began as outreach and caring for spinal cord injured student athletes in the Illinois area. Our first outreach was to benefit Rob Komosa who was injured in practice (C-1) complete paralysis and required a ventilator. Rob was injured at Rolling Meadows High School. We […]
Hold on everybody who attends a high school football play off this fall. When you pay your admission at the gate do you think that any portion of that money would go to the purchase of insurance and support of the students that are out there on the field risking their lives? NO, NO, NO. […]
BACKGROUND ON CA4SS WEBINARS CA4SS is hosting a series of trainings on Sports Safety and Preventing and Treating Concussions in Student Athletes. You... Read More ...
State laws have been put into place to require coaches to undergo training so that they know how best to deal with the pressing problem of concussions.... Read More ...
Very glad to see former Chicago Bear Jim McMahon and former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick teaming up to start an organization that addresses concussion... Read More ...
Rocky Clark was/is one of the most inspriational people I have ever met. People all over Chicago know the story of how Rocky was injured one day playing high school sports and how he became “heroic” along with his mom in conquering the paralysis that afflicted him. This is a phot0 essay that speaks volume […]
On the afternoon of October 6, 1999, athletic trainer “Doc” Scott Sauer was on duty at a varsity high school football practice with a watchful eye standing ready to apply his professional craft. What began as just another fall high school routine football practice proceeding at Rolling Meadows(Il.) High school brought about a positive lifesaving […]
I think I finally figured out why I am attracted to the world of assisting young student athletes and family members re-invent themselves after being paralyzed in sports. I love the concept of re-invention. I love the idea that one of the greatest gifts we humans give to each other is to be on full […]