Jan 29, 2015
NATA: Report Card Time

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the NATA will host its second Youth Sports Safety Summit and Media Briefing in Washington, D.C., at the Cannon House Office Building. The event will follow up on last year’s event and spotlight the latest in research, prevention, and treatment of hot-button topics like helmet hitting in football, the risk of chronic or catastrophic injury from concussion, sudden cardiac arrest, sickle cell trait and heat illness, and the need for immediate and improved healthcare on the playing field.
Speakers, topics, and schedules for the event include include:

9 a.m.–10:15 a.m. REPORT CARD

• Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, president, National Athletic Trainers Association, and event moderator.

• Kelci Stringer, founder and CEO, Korey Stringer Institute.

• Julie Gilchrist, MD, medical officer, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Dawn Comstock, PhD, associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, and a research faculty member at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP), the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

• Jeff Miller, vice president for Government Relations and Public Policy, National Football League.

• Case history: Patti James, mother of Will James, a 16-year-old football player in Little Rock, Ark., who passed out from heat stroke on Aug. 13, 2010. Will was immediately treated by his athletic trainer who brought down his temperature and worked with paramedics on site. He was sent to the closest hospital and then to Arkansas Children’s Hospital after he was stabilized. Will was eventually in a medically induced coma for a week and suffered liver damage and kidney failure though recovered from both. His parents are working on state legislation to avoid these injuries in the future.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m MEDICAL PRESENTATIONS

• Sudden Cardiac Arrest–Francis G. O’Connor, MD, MPH, associate professor, Uniformed Services University; medical director, Consortium on Health and Military Performance.

Heat Illness–Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, director, Athletic Training Education; professor, Department of Kinesiology; chief operating officer, Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut.

• Brain Injury/Concussion–Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology; director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education Program, Children’s National Medical Center; associate professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine.

• Sickle Cell Trait–Scott Galloway, LAT, ATC, head athletic trainer, DeSoto Independent School District, DeSoto, Texas.

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, contact Robin Waxenburg at: (212) 489-8006 or [email protected].

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