The data on 140 school districts, obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media under the state Freedom of Information Act, indicates that hundreds of concussions occurred at the high school-level of interscholastic sports, but many more happened during activities and sports outside school and were reported by parents to administrators and teachers. State lawmakers, who in recent years have raised the standards of care for athletes and education for coaches and parents, said the data is disturbing and solid evidence of the need to expand awareness and training to parents of even the youngest children who participate in sports. Statewide, 13 school districts reported more than 100 children with concussions, including Westport (136), Trumbull (119), Shelton (160), Ridgefield (109), Newtown (104) and Danbury (145), all towns known for being among the state’s high-achieving school sports programs. Concussion education is the first step in keeping athletes safe and at Fairfield Ludlowe High School we believe that early recognition, early diagnosis, and early treatment result in the best outcome. Bartolomeo said that the size of school districts also play a big role in the data collection, which did not include private and parochial schools. Concussions are a real health concern for young people and the state Department of Education takes this matter very seriously, said Abbe Smith, spokeswoman for the DOE. Fortunately, the data is arriving at a time when parents, athletes and sports fans are becoming increasingly aware of the potential long-term damage that can resulted from repeated blows to the head. The National Football League, facing massive lawsuits as retired players slip into early dementia and depression, is updating health protocols and benefits.