Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

Feb 3, 2017

There are plenty of conferences and workshops that will be addressing the uber-hot topic of concussions this spring. Here are just a couple.
Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health Conference
Harvard Law School in Milstein West will host a 2017 Sports Symposium on March 7th entitled “Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health.”
While details are still being finalized, it is currently scheduled to include the following:
Concussion Legacy Foundation Presentation: A presentation by Chris Nowinski and the Concussion Legacy Foundation;
Team/NFL/NFLPA Panel: A panel discussing football player health from the perspective of teams, the NFL, and the NFLPA (including Arthur McAfee of the NFL and Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings);
NCAA Panel: An NCAA-focused panel (including Oliver Luck of the NCAA, Coach Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth/MVP Mobile Dummies, and Brant Berkstresser of Harvard Athletics/Harvard Sports Medicine);
Player Panel: A football player panel (including Andrew Hawkins and Stephon Tuitt)
Keynote (address or moderated conversation)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a Gold Sponsor of the event. For more information, contact
Ahead of the Game Concussion Conference
In another concussion-related event, The Center Foundation presents Ahead of the Game, a two-day conference in Bend, Oregon, on April 21-22.
The conference is for all disciplines involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussions including physicians, neuropsychologists, school administrators, school nurses, athletic directors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, athletic trainers, and coaches, and other medical providers. CME, PDU, and CEU certificates are available.
The conference takes place at The Tetherow Event Pavilion and kicks off with a focus on concussion management and best practices for return to learn and return to play. Discussions will explore challenges to schools for students with prolonged post-concussion symptoms, as well as improving communication between the schools and medical providers. There will also be education regarding Oregon state laws on concussion and school responsibility. Friday’s featured speakers include:
Ann Glang, PhD, research professor at University of Oregon and co-director of The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training (CBIRT)
Dr. Stan Herring, team physician for the Seattle Seahawks
Melissa McCart, DEd, Oregon TBI Education Coordinator, CBIRT
Sue Hayes, MS, SLP, Regional TBI Liaison, High Desert ESD
David Kracke, Attorney at Law, Nichols & Associates, TBI Policy and Legislative Specialist
As part of the conference, Kevin Guskiewicz, MD will present grand rounds for medical staff at St. Charles on Friday, April 21 and give an update on concussion prevention and concussion management. Dr. Guskiewicz is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“This is a remarkable opportunity for leading experts in the field, medical providers, and educators to come together and discuss the latest evidence-based research,” said Sonja Donohue, Executive Director for The Center Foundation. “There is so much new information that can help us get students get back on track after experiencing brain injury and we need to work together to make sure they’re getting what they need.”
The keynote speaker for the reception dinner on Friday night is Dr. Stan Herring, team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington clinical professor. Jenna Sneva, a young woman who sustained at least 11 concussions while participating in club soccer and competitive skiing will also speak about her experiences, which led to the origination of Jenna’s law in Oregon.
On Saturday, the sessions include discussion of the latest science around recurrent concussions, evidence based return to activity protocols, post-traumatic headache management, sleep disorders associated with concussion, and more. Saturday’s expert panel includes:
James Bryan, PhD, neuropsychologist for the FC Timbers in Portland, Oregon
Jim Chesnutt, MD, Sports Medicine, OHSU Concussion Program
Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, University of North Carolina
Stan Herring, MD, physiatrist and team physician for the Seattle Sea Hawks
Sondra Marshall, PhD, neuropsychologist, St. Charles Health System and COPA
Juan Piantino, MD, OHSU pediatric neurologist
Juliette Preston, MD, neurologist OHSU, headache specialist
Kirsten Scott, OD, neuro-optometry, Bend Oregon
Viviane Ugalde, MD, physiatrist, Medical Director Concussion Management for the Center Foundation in Bend, Oregon
“If we can help coaches, students, parents, school staff and medical providers identify and report concussion symptoms early on, we can do a lot to support recovery for our Central Oregon youth,” said Viviane Ugalde, MD from The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research. “Central Oregon has one of the most comprehensive brain injury partnerships between The Center, St. Charles Health System, and the High Desert Education Service District and we want to expand awareness so that we can help more families.”
For more information, or to register, please visit or call (541) 322-2399.


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