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The NFL has announced that more than 140 former NFL players will serve as Master Trainers and Ambassadors to teach and reinforce USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth leagues and high schools nationwide during the 2014 season.
Elaborating on that point, the league noted that of USA Football’s 78 Master Trainers, 17 played in the NFL, “bringing knowledge and insight gained from competing at the sport’s highest level. Master Trainers lead full-day instructional sessions for high school and youth programs nationwide, teaching Heads Up Football’s curriculum to high school- and youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches.”
The NFL also noted that another 127 former NFL players serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, “visiting practices and games of teams that participate within the program. Ambassadors strengthen awareness and reinforce Heads Up Football’s messages and standards.”
To Master Trainer Ruben Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection at guard for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears (1995-2007), the responsibility seems personal.
“I’m a father – nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids,” he said. “Heads Up Football is changing for the better how coaches are prepared, players are taught and safety is addressed, and it’s exciting to see so many other former players share this commitment.”
There are hundreds of concussion conferences and seminars every year. We can hardly highlight them all. But here are a couple.
On September 11, 2014, there will be a Concussion Management & ImPACT Administration and Interpretation Seminar in the Community Room at 201 Pennsylvania Parkway in northern Indianapolis.
The seminar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is for physicians and other qualified medical professionals interested in administering and interpreting post-injury ImPACT tests. “Those in attendance will be able to implement ImPACT into their daily practice and improve the quality of concussion management of their patients,” according to the organizer – the Indiana Sports Concussion Network. Email email@example.com for more info and to register.
More global in nature is the 12th Annual World Congress of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 6-8, 2015
SBMT is a non-profit society organized for the purpose of encouraging basic and clinical scientists who are interested in areas of Brain Mapping, engineering, stem cell, nanotechnology, imaging and medical device to improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients afflicted with neurological disorders.
“Brain mapping,” according to the organization, “has been prominent in the world news recently, with President Obama unveiling the ‘BRAIN’ Initiative – a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, cancer, Parkinson’s Diseases, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. SBMT has been instrumental in shaping the BRAIN Initiative in the US and has advocated for similar initiative in Australia. SBMT is collaborating with the European Brain Project and will be highlighting the latest advancements in the field by bringing together leaders of industry, academia, foundations and government agencies at the 12th Annual World Brain Mapping & Therapeutics in Los Angeles, California, USA. Wide variety of topics from nanotechnology, cellular therapeutics to advance imaging and devices will be covered in this world congress.
“Congressman Chaka Fattah, who is a recipient of the Pioneer in Healthcare Policy award from SBMT, will be one of the keynote speakers. Congressman Fattah has been instrumental in formulation of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative and he has been working closely with SBMT to advance the field through G20 World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Initiative.
“The SBMT Congress program will include prominent local and international speakers (60+ scientific sessions with more than 500 speakers). The theme of the World Congress is: Brain Therapeutics: breaking boundaries of science, technology, medicine, art and healthcare policy, the program will highlight state-of-the-art science and technology in the field of neuroscience, engineering, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, molecular biology, neurology, radiology and oncology, and will also feature emerging areas such as nanoneuroscience/nanoneurosurgery, stem cell and regenerative medicine, molecular psychiatry, nanobioelectronics, robotics, artificial intelligence and supercomputing/meta-data analysis.”
For further information about the convention contact Bryan Aroz at Bryan.Aroz@WorldBrainMapping.org
It was a blow that probably cost Mack Brown his job as the Head Football Coach at the University of Texas.
Nine months later, Longhorn quarterback David Ash was cleared to practice and named as a starter this fall.
Ash was in the middle of a controversy last fall, when he suffered a concussion early in the season and then played the following game against Brigham Young University . He suffered another concussion and was lost for the year. So was the team.
While he was cleared for spring practice, he suffered a leg injury that shelved him until July 21 when Head Football Coach Charlie Strong made his announcement.
It was probably a good thing he suffered the leg injury, as we are increasingly learning that the brain is still healing long after the symptoms dissipate, especially after suffering multiple concussions in a span of two weeks.