Football wife and mom raises concussion awareness

Cindy Zordich

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – A wife and mother from Canfield has a different perspective on the issue of concussions in sports, specifically football.

Cindy Zordich has never put on shoulder pads, has never been hit by a linebacker or scored a touchdown. But she has been on many a sideline with her camera in hand.

Her husband, Mike Zordich, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Her son Mike played for Penn State and her son Alex played for the University of Buffalo.

“I jumped into concussion awareness because of my own experience with my son,” Zordich said.

Her youngest son Alex suffered repeat concussions in 7th grade, which forced him to sit out a year. He then went on to play quarterback at Cardinal Mooney High School. 

Everything was fine until his senior year at Buffalo.

“Two defenders come in, he goes down to the ground and I watch, I was right there shooting it, I could see it, his helmet, bam, bounced right off. I was like ‘oh, there’s just no way. That’s going to be bad’,” Zordich said.

And it was bad. Alex saw floaters and his head was throbbing. He knew he was concussed.

He would stay on the team, but he never played again.

It was her experience with Alex that led Zordich to develop the immediate care concussion kit.

“There’s a visor for light sensitivity. So you have ear plugs. Rest is important, so there’s a sleep mask, instant cold pack,” she said.

There also is a pamphlet that tells her story. Zordich said she hopes parents will read it and say:

“If she sat her kid out, and her husband let him sit out, then I guess we’re not insane if we let our child sit out,” Zordich said.

The immediate care concussion kit also contains a pamphlet describing concussions and guidance for parents about what to do. Zordich stresses it is not a diagnostic kit and having a good doctor is important to recovery. She sent Alex to a concussion expert in Pittsburgh.

And she doesn’t want parents to be afraid of football, only to understand what to do if a concussion occurs.

“I love this game. I am such a huge advocate of this game. I would never say ‘Don’t let your kids play sports, any sport. I love what it does for our town, and for my kids and for all kids. I am just saying be smart and be safe about it,” Zordich said.

She was able to get Creekside Fitness Center to sponsor the kits. She will be handing them out first to the parents and players of the West Catholic football team.

She hopes other companies will pitch in as well and she also has talked officials at Dick’s Sporting Goods to get them in their stores as well. 

The cost is $24.99 and Zordich said she is making no profit.

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