Pat LaFontaine to Speak at Sports Concussion Symposium at Adelphi University on March 30

Adelphi Center for Health Innovation to hold event to address the problem of concussions in sports today

Adelphi University’s Center for Health Innovation and Winthrop University Hospital’s Sports Medicine Program are co-hosting a lecture and panel on sports concussions at the Angello Alumni House at Adelphi University, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY on Monday March 30, 2015 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Featured panelists including Pat LaFontaine will speak on the current state of prevention and treatment of sports concussion. A balance demonstration with Adelphi faculty will kick-off this event. 

Pat LaFontaine was an ice hockey center who played for the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers before his career was ended by concussions. He has since been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and has founded the non-profit Companions in Courage Foundation, which builds interactive game rooms in children’s hospital.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Curley is an attending physician at Winthrop University Hospital, Board Certified in internal and sports medicine and is the sports physician for Adelphi University. Before he joined Winthrop, he cared for professional and collegiate athletes including the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and Rowan University.

Introductions and remarks will be delivered by Dr. Michael Kennedy, Board Certified sports and emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Mark Grossman, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and currently the team physician for Adelphi University’s Athletic Program will serve as the moderator, with featured panelist Don Gronachan, Dr. Ann Cornell-Bell, Dr. Rupi Johal and Pat LaFontaine.

The Adelphi Center for Heath Innovation serves as a regional resource and academic partner to communities and organizations seeking to promote a culture of health across Long Island and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by March 25 to Audrey Onderdonk at For more information, visit

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. As a nationally-ranked, doctoral research university, Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.