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NCAA, NFL Collaborate on Football Safety

Top medical and sport science experts from the NCAA and NFL gathered for a first-of-its kind meeting this week.

 

Their goal? Share information and emerging data in hopes of making football safer for student-athletes and professionals alike. Both groups have devoted considerable resources in recent years to improving health and safety in football.

 

The meeting Monday and Tuesday at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis was a collaborative effort organized by the groups’ respective chief medical officers — the NCAA’s Dr. Brian Hainline and the NFL’s Dr. Allen Sills.

 

The organizations shared information regarding lower-body injuries, mental health and concussion, including emerging data from the ongoing $64 million NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study.

 

“This was a great interactive meeting where both organizations learned from each other,” Hainline said. “The NCAA presented cutting-edge material from the largest and most comprehensive concussion study in history as well as the Association’s mental health initiatives, which have led to a considerable cultural shift in how mental health is perceived in sport. The NFL provided key engineering data on helmet technology and lower extremity injuries vis-à-vis turf and shoe interactions.”

 

The two-day meeting included representatives from the NFL, the NCAA Sport Science Institute and sports medicine personnel from schools in Division I’s five autonomy conferences. NCAA President Mark Emmert and Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, also attended.

 

The NCAA contributed a wealth of information regarding not only concussion, but the overall well-being of college athletes — with a particular focus on the Association’s continued, comprehensive efforts to address physical as well as mental health and the new interassociation recommendations on the prevention of catastrophic injury and death in collegiate student-athletes.

 

The NFL shared information from recent studies regarding the mechanics of lower-body injuries and how a multitude of recent changes to equipment standards and rules have helped make the sport safer at the professional level.

 

The NFL and NCAA plan to continue collaborating by sharing vital health and safety information and data as it emerges, which stands to benefit the sport at every level.

 

“It is clear that both organizations have much to share and much to learn from each other,” Hainline said. “Such collaboration is critical for the future of safety in sport.”

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Pens Foundation and UPMC Announce Sign-Up for Heads UP Concussion Testing

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine are once again teaming up to offer the Heads UP Pittsburgh program, an innovative concussion awareness and baseline testing initiative for young athletes in the Pittsburgh region.

The 2019 testing program begins June 10, and testing will end the week of July 30. Free neurocognitive baseline testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for 4,000 athletes ages 10+ and, the first 500 participants in the 7-9 age group. Additionally, the first 2,500 participants in the 10+ age group will receive a wind resistance strength builder.

To register parents should visit www.upmc.com/baselinetesting.

The Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine are celebrating the ninth year of the Heads UP Pittsburgh program. Since 2011, the Heads UP Program has baseline tested over 20,000 young folks across 25 different sports and provided concussion education awareness to over 50,000 parents, coaches, referees and teachers. The program has expanded each year to serve more youth and include a wider spectrum of sports. Today, the program tests athletes in every major sport, cheerleading, dance, and many other physical activities.

This year, there are eight testing sites. Community College of Allegheny County will once again serve as host to testing at its Boyce, North, South and West Hills Center campuses along with the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, and UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. New this year, patients can also visit the UPMC-Children’s Hospital South Fayette for their testing.

The entire testing process takes about one hour. Parents will meet with UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion staff to learn about Heads UP Pittsburgh. Licensed athletic trainers from UPMC Sports Medicine will supervise the program and testing. On the day of testing, participants must not be suffering from any symptoms of a concussion, nor have a suspected injury at the time of establishing their baseline.

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Wilson Elser Sponsors Concussion Defense Reporter, Bringing New Perspective to Concussion Litigation

National law firm Wilson Elser (www.wilsonelser.com) announced today its sponsorship of Concussion Defense Reporter (CDR), a free newsletter produced by Hackney Publications, the nation’s leading publisher of sports law periodicals.

CDR (https://www.concussiondefensereporter.com/) will shed light on the defense of concussion lawsuits, an area that often gets overlooked because of the tragic circumstances associated with some plaintiffs.

“There are a lot of good organizations that care about participants in their sport and the risk of brain injury,” said Tony Corleto, a partner and leader of the Sports Concussion defense practice group at the firm. “They train and educate coaches and athletes to play safer and minimize risk. At the same time, they face an onslaught of frivolous lawsuits. We believe it is important to highlight this kind of litigation and how we build a successful defense based on medical and scientific evidence.”

Wilson Elser has been at the forefront in advising clients and defending leading sports organizations and product manufacturers in sports concussion cases.

CDR subscriptions are complimentary. To subscribe to the quarterly electronic newsletter, visit: https://www.concussiondefensereporter.com/

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