On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, during Super Bowl XLVIII Week, I will be participating in a panel discussion at the second annual Coalition for Concussion Treatment (#C4CT) Concussion Awareness Summit to be held this year at the United Nations in New York City.
I am looking forward to sharing the solutions-based work I have been doing with sports parents, coaches, and athletic trainers from every state of the nation since we began the MomsTEAM Youth Sports Concussion Safety Center fourteen years ago, and will be doing outreach for our PBS documentary, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer" and our Six Pillars concussion risk management program.
#C4CT will focus on important scientific, medical, translational and prevention-related topics as they pertain to the emerging societal problem of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), particularly on their long-term impacts on athletes and soldiers.
All panels will include industry experts, leading scientists, neurologists and international business leaders, who will be joined by current and former professional athletes including Carl Eller, Sidney Rice, Thomas Jones, and Ben Utecht. Included among the featured speakers are Drs. Robert Cantu, Julian Bailes, and Robert Stern, and Sports Legacy Institute co-founder and Executive Director, Chris Nowinski. [Click here for a full list of speakers and panelists]
Some of the topics we plan to discuss include:
- Diagnostics and Standard of Care
- TBI: World Impact
- The NFL concussion settlement
- The Future of Contact Sports
- Emerging Diagnostics and Potential Therapies Under Investigation
- Current and Former Professional Athlete Stories and Perspectives
I am hoping that many in the MomsTEAM community will be able to attend what is sure to be a stellar event. For more information and to register:Coalition for Concussion Summit / Concussion Awareness Summit.
For those of you who are not able to attend, I will be doing some limited live Tweeting during the Summit, and if you have questions and thoughts, you can send them to me my @BrookeDeLench. To follow the Summit use hashtags #C4CT and #concussionsolutions.