WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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greater. And for reasons not well under- stood, girls and women are more prone to concussions. Suffering one concussion increases the risk of subsequent concussions. Whether this is due to the concussion itself or due to the fact that a particular individual is at inherently higher risk of suffering a concus- sion is unknown. Jennifer Maragos, a surgical nurse, has two sons who play football. "I feel like as a mother and a nurse, I should know better. But you can't bubble wrap them. Every sport has risk involved." She notes the WYF coaches have been "phenomenal" and feels safety is prioritized. Wellesley parent and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Yi-Meng Yen got involved as an assistant coach and de facto team physician when his sons, now 9, 11, and 13, started playing foot- ball. Yen got involved because he wanted to make the sport as safe as possible for his sons. He acknowledges the risks. "It's a fairly violent sport. Every play involves some sort 159 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e "Even though HEADS UP is relatively basic, it does address essential points of safety and the right protocols to follow if a player is injured." – R o b B r o g g i , W Y F C o a c h

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