All posts by mwebber


Coaches at Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) member schools will be required to take a concussion education course offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) prior to the start of the Winter season. The MIAA Board of Directors voted recently to add this requirement to its existing wellness program for students, coaches and others involved in high school athletics.

“This summer the state enacted a Concussion Law directed at MIAA member schools. We now are waiting for the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop resultant regulations,” Barry Haley, Athletic Director of Concord Carlisle High School and MIAA President said. “Meanwhile, we have advised our members to follow the wellness protocols already in place for many years and any other aspects of the new law they can meet until new regulations are established by the DPH.”

As part of the wellness program MIAA member school coaches are required to participate in an education course within one of year being hired. The course includes first aid instruction, recognizing the signs of head injuries and drug or steroid use among other wellness issues. In addition, member schools continue to require physical examinations for student/athletes and submission from a parent or guardian of a health history. The MIAA has long had a rule requiring a medical clearance before an athlete who has suffered a head injury can return to play.

“Many of our schools go beyond the Association’s requirements and programs, working with physicians, trainers, school nurses, parents and outside consultants to expand awareness of safety issues in different sports,” Haley said. He reported that more than 4,700 Massachusetts people have taken the NFHS on-line concussion program voluntarily this Fall. Visit the MIAA website ( for a comprehensive concussion resource menu, developed by the Association’s Sports Medicine Committee.

The MIAA Wellness Program is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of promoting the health and safety of the student-athlete. The program consists of extensive programming and policies focusing on helping students make healthy life choices. This month the MIAA held its 14th Annual Wellness Summit at which hundreds of students, coaches and administrators participated in the daylong conference.

Physician Focus Talks Autism this August

Physician Focus: Autism
Watch Physician Focus on FCA's Public Access Channel 8/39

Autism is one of three autism spectrum disorders, along with Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified, that include a group of developmental disabilities that cause social, behavioral, and communication challenges for those affected. Autism can occur in all racial, ethnic and social groups, and is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.

Robin Adair, M.D., Medical Director, Early Childhood Clinic at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Worcester, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School;
Jean Frazier, M.D., Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and holder of the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Lynda Young, M.D., Physician with Chandler Pediatrics, Worcester, Mass., and President-Elect, Massachusetts Medical Society.

Foxboro Reporter: Verizon, local cable now connected

FCA Channels are now available on the Verizon FiOS Network

Pressure from loyal Foxboro Cable Access viewers may have been a factor in Verizon’s quick hookup of FCA to Verizon’s fiberoptic network.

“We’re excited that Verizon FIOS hooked us up so quickly,” FCA executive director Michael Webber said. “The process from FCA’s standpoint was quick and smooth and we’re real happy with the relationship that’s been established.”

Foxboro Cable Access channels became available on Verizon FIOS last week — in one-third the required time under Verizon’s new cable license with the town.

Read Full Story on the Foxboro Reporter Website

Continue reading Foxboro Reporter: Verizon, local cable now connected