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What follows is a statement from the American Academy of Neurology about the concussion summit that was held yesterday at the White House:
“The American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest association of neurologists with 28,000 members, applauds President Obama’s call today for greater awareness of sports concussion. As the trusted authority on diagnosing and managing concussion, the AAN is supportive of the initiatives the White House announced, including a national concussion database and a partnership between the Department of Defense and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to fund a $30 million, widespread clinical study of college athletes and concussion.
“You only get one brain and it’s important to treat it well and follow the American Academy of Neurology’s guideline recommendations on sports concussion. Among the most important recommendations the Academy has made is that any athlete suspected of experiencing a concussion should immediately be removed from play.
“AAN sports concussion guideline co-author Christopher Giza, MD, represented the Academy at today’s White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, along with former pro football player Ben Utecht, who experienced a career-ending traumatic brain injury in 2009 while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
“To learn more about concussion, visit AAN.com/Concussionor download the Academy’s new app, Concussion Quick Check, to quickly help coaches and athletic trainers recognize the signs of concussion. – Timothy A. Pedley, MD, FAAN, President, American Academy of Neurology.”
The Panthers hosted their first Heads Up Football Moms Clinic in partnership with USA Football last week. Nearly 100 local moms attended the clinic at Bank of America Stadium.
Carolina Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion led an information session on how to properly manage heat and hydration for youth players, as well as concussion recognition and response. USA Football master trainer Ez Smith demonstrated proper fitting for helmet and shoulder pads.
“We hope all of these moms can now go back to their community and advocate to make sure their coaches are Heads Up Football certified,” said Smith.
Stephanie Rivera, wife of Coach Rivera and former a WNBA coach, was an active contributor throughout the clinic, participating in an informative panel discussion and leading moms through a series of football drills with current Panthers players.
“We want to help moms make decisions about their kids’ sports participation with confidence—this includes understanding good coaching, proper techniques and player safety,” said Rivera.
United States President Barack Obama will host a conference — White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit — on Thursday that will address youth sports and concussions.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told the media that the summit will include the announcement of new initiatives to help research and address concussions in youth sports.
“The president will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems,” Carney said.
Obama, meanwhile, is especially concerned about youths all the way through college athletes.
“NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama told the Associated Press . “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.”