• Karen Acompora

    I am the president and founder of the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and have a few comments on your misleading and incorrect comments. Louis Acompora, 14 passed away in 2000 from commotio cordis as well. He was playing in his first High school lacrosse game.
    First Nader Parma passed away in 2002, in Marietta, Georgia. Commotio Cordis is not a rare occurance! Ask any parent whose child has passed or survived commotio cordis. There are documented cases of at least 20 commotio cases each year. We know this number is low however it has been shown that the cases of commotion cordis are widely underreported. If an athlete in school or otherwise suffers commotion cordis there is no mandated reporting system in place. This hold true for a case like Nader’s . A backyard incident, if it were not for a news article no one would know of Nader’s case.
    It is unfortunate that you have quoted a coach that coached form 1995-1998 for stating that wearing a chest protector is going overboard for such a rare occurrence. It is comments like this that make the safety effort take a step back. I agree that chest protectors of the past have not proven to be 100% effective however they do offer some protection and with the latest advances of the NOCSAE standard we will be seeing 100% effective protectors. All athletes should be wearing a protector regardless of the positon they play. In the sport of Lacrosse just as many players on the field suffer commotio cordis, not just goalies.
    The author also left out a very in important piece. automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should be at all sporting events with trained coaches as well as cardiac emergency action plans in place… this is what saves lives.

    • SB Independent

      Hello Karen, please see the email that was sent to you via the Stony Brook Independent.