Athletics News

George Washington to Host NCAA Concussion Event

Oct. 27, 2014

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University, in conjunction with the NCAA, will host a unique and historic scientific event that will discuss educational and research initiatives surrounding concussions, a major public health problem given the number of individuals who play sports at the youth, high school and college level.

On November 6 at 5 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of the George Washington University, a panel of ten experts will address current concussion education efforts and existing research on concussion safety, with experienced practitioners discussing the challenges that exist in changing the culture of how concussions are viewed.

Moderated by Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Eliot Sorel, Co-chair of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety and GW Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Services Management & Leadership, and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, panelists will include:

Lauren Chase: Basketball student-athlete at George Washington
Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Hospital
Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Adjunct Faculty at the Emory School of Medicine
Col Dallas Hack, MD: Brain Health Research Coordinator, US Army
Barry Jordan, MD, MPH: Chief Medical Officer, New York State Athletic Commission
Walter Koroshetz, MD: Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health
Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH: Harvard School of Public Health and NCAA Sport Science Institute
Stephanie Maxfield-Panker, PhD, PT, DPT, OCS: Office of the Army Surgeon General

While concussions have increasingly become a topic of public and media scrutiny, limited public health scholars are currently studying the topic. The discipline of public health has much to contribute to efforts aimed at reducing the health burden of concussions from sports, including understanding safety behaviors and developing and evaluating evidence based interventions to reduce risk.

The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have funded a $4M research and awareness program called the Mind Matters Challenge, focused on how to improve concussion education and change the culture of safety with respect to concussions.

This scientific event that will serve as an unprecedented opportunity for public health scholars and anyone considering submitting an application for funding through the NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge.

The panel discussion will be held in the Colonials Club on the event level of the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20052), with a reception to follow in the Champions Club on the concourse level. To RSVP for the evening, please visit here.