Brain Trauma Symposium
Sports Concussions: The Hidden Risks
On April 28, 2011, the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center hosted a Brain Trauma Symposium, featuring two experts in the field of sports concussions.
Christopher Nowinski, former Harvard football player and WWE wrestler, co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute to "advance the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups". He speaks to schools, sports programs, health centers and at medical conferences, across the country, and continues to raise awareness of the dangers of concussions.
Dr. Robert Stern, PhD
Dr. Robert Stern, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Co-director of the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical & Research Program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is also on the Medical Advisory Board for the Sports Legacy Institute.
This program was designed to provide the following information:
- What a concussion is
- How to recognize a concussion
- How to get your athletes to admit suffering a concussion
- Proper response
- Appropriate concussion return-to-play guidelines
- Coordination of concussion care
- Concussion prevention strategies
- The latest research on the long-term consequences of concussions and brain trauma, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- CTE prevention strategies
Sports Related Concussions Links
- Live at 9 interview with Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Reiner (Quicktime video - 6:52)
- Channel 3 interview with Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Reiner (Quicktime video)
- Commercial Appeal Guest Column: Risks of sports concussions are deadly
- Frontline: Football High (Streaming video - 53:10)
- Christopher Nowinski interview on ESPN (audio)
- Before Shooting Himself, Duerson Asked That His Brain Be Studied - NYTimes.com
- Kevin Turner's Rough Road - links brain trauma to ALS variant
- MMQB: A NFL season retrospective
- Special report: The dangers of adolescents playing football with concussions
- Suicide Reveals Signs of a Disease Seen in N.F.L.
- Hockey Brawler Paid Price, With Brain Trauma
- Health Special: Kids and Concussions
- Footballer: 'Are you OK with destroying a kid's brain for this game?'
- States consider youth concussion laws
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
875 Monroe Ave, Suite 426
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5960
Fax: (901) 448-4685
426 Wittenborg Anatomy Building
William E. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Anton J. Reiner, Ph.D.
Administrative Services Assistant:
Brandy Fleming, M.S.