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UK Multidisciplinary Team Presents First of its Kind Protocol for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Equine Sports

Health providers, researchers and other professionals from the University of Kentucky who work in the area of traumatic brain injury developed and presented the Saddle Up Safely Concussion Assessment Tool and Return to Riding Protocol for Concussions in Equine Sports at the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sports in Berlin, Germany, this past fall.

The conference was hosted and organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), International Olympic Committee (IOC), World Rugby, and Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and has evolved into the world’s most influential process for policy makers on concussions in sport. 

Representing UK at the conference were Dr. Dan Han, associate professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the UK College of Medicine, Bill Gombeski, senior advisor at UK HealthCare,  Fernanda Camargo, associate extension professor at the UK College of Agriculture, and Carl Mattacola, professor in the Athletic Training Program at the UK College of Health Sciences. Also playing a major role in the development of the concussion tool but unable to attend the conference were Dr. Erika Erlandson, assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the UK College of Medicine, and Jill Stowe, director of Equine Programs at the UK College of Agriculture. The multidisciplinary effort represented Saddle Up Safety (SUS), the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI), the Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), the Equine Program, and UK HealthCare. 

The UK team identified key questions that needed to be addressed in advance, identified and reviewed relevant articles, and developed early recommendations which they presented to conference attendees. 

“It was clear that in the area of equestrian sports concussion and return to riding protocol, that UK is one of the world leaders,” Gombeski said. “Individuals attending the conference from around the world discussed the work that the UK group shared and to learn more about using the concussion assessment tool and return to riding guidelines that members of the Saddle Up Safely program created.” 

The Return to Riding Protocol for Equine Sport is the first of its kind for equine specific head injury. Presentations (5 in total) by the UK team members will be published in the May 2017 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The conference recommendations created this year will come out online in February.

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January CLR Features Five Original Case Summaries Involving Concussion

January 2017, Vol. 5, No. 7

Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.

Articles

  • Analyzing SCOTUS’ Decision to Pass on Reviewing Challenges to the NFL Concussion Settlement
  • State Court Judge Holds Discovery Can Proceed in Litigation Involving NFL and Its Insurers
  • Scientists Claim They Have Discovered Concussion Biomarker
  • Judge to Reconsider Disability Claim Based on Past Concussions, Which Were Previously Not Considered
  • Judge Blocks Concussed Arena Football Player from Recovery Under Insurance Policy
  • Family of Derek Boogaard Asks Federal Judge to Remove Tort Claims to State Court
  • Contradicting Other Studies, Experts Claim Rest May Not Be the Best Concussion Treatment for Everyone
  • Court Deals Blow to Riddell, Which Sought to Shield Documents in Concussion Case
  • Ohio Appeals Court Overturns Ruling in Schmitz Concussion Case, Citing ‘Discovery Rule’
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November Issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter Is Live

November 2016, Vol. 5, No. 5

Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.

Table of Contents

A New Lawsuit Seeking NFL Neurocognitive Disability Benefits Highlights the Adverse Impact of Subconcussive Hits Regularly Experienced by Linemen

Researchers: The Impact of Subconcussive Hits Is Realgi_108508_figure-1

Judge Awards More Than $1 Million in Damages in Concussion Case Involving Softball Player

School District and Parents of Concussed Student Athlete Settle Concussion Lawsuit

Law Reviving Professional MMA in New York Requires Additional Insurance Protection for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Insurance Company Reports Concussion Diagnoses Are Spiking

Federal Judge Won’t Overturn Workers’ Compensation Decision Involving Concussed Player

Former College Lacrosse Player Sues Coach Over Concussion

The Final Plea, By “Friends of the Court”

U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Chiampas Discusses Recognize to Recover Program

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