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From football players to ballet dancers ... sports chiropractors help all kinds of athletes

Fall/Winter 2014

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2014 Ms. America helps raise concussion awareness

Stephanie Mills, D.C., 2014 Ms. America
Stephanie Mills wearing Ms. American sash and tiara

In her reign as the 2014 Ms. America, Stephanie Mills, D.C., Davenport ’00, Concord, N.H., wants to increase awareness of concussions, an issue she deals with as a chiropractor and a mother.

Dr. Mills was crowned the 2014 Ms. America in August at the annual pageant in Brea, Calif. The competition is open to women aged 26 to 60 years old who are single, married, divorced or widowed. “There are a lot of opportunities to use the title to help promote concussion awareness,” Dr. Mills says.

A personal experience along with seeing the aftermath of concussions in her practice inspired Dr. Mills to adopt concussion awareness as her Ms. America contest platform. In March 2014, one of her daughters sustained a concussion in physical education class and struggled in school as a result. “It was quite an eye-opening experience, as a parent, to see a concussion firsthand and see the healing time, but also how other adults interact with a concussion situation,” she says. “Some teachers were understanding, but some weren’t so understanding.”

She’s partnered with the Brain Injury Association of America to help raise concussion awareness. In July 2014 she hosted a Bowling for Brain Injury event in Concord to raise funds for a pilot program through the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. The program will put neuropsychologists into 10 schools around the state to educate faculty about making accommodations for concussed students and how to work with healing concussed students.

As Ms. America, Dr. Mills will spend the next year traveling around the country making public appearances and speaking about concussion awareness.

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