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.

Christopher Nowinski
Christopher Nowinski

Robert Stern
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:

  1. What a concussion is
  2. How to recognize a concussion
  3. How to get your athletes to admit suffering a concussion
  4. Proper response
  5. Appropriate concussion return-to-play guidelines
  6. Coordination of concussion care
  7. Concussion prevention strategies
  8. The latest research on the long-term consequences of concussions and brain trauma, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  9. CTE prevention strategies

Contact Us

Neuroscience Institute
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
875 Monroe Ave, Suite 426
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5960
Fax: (901) 448-4685

Physical Address
426 Wittenborg Anatomy Building

William E. Armstrong, PhD

Anton J. Reiner, PhD

Administrative Aide:
Mistie Brewer

Program Coordinator/

Brandy Fleming, MS

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