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The Concussion Legacy Foundation sent the following out today:
“Aaron Hernandez’s family announced today that the former NFL tight end was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). A neuropathological examination of Hernandez’s brain was conducted by Dr. Ann McKee, Professor of Pathology and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of BU’s CTE Center and Chief of Neuropathology at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. Hernandez’s CTE was diagnosed as Stage III (out of IV); Stage IV is the most severe.
“The diagnosis was confirmed by a second VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) neuropathologist. In addition, Hernandez’s had early brain atrophy, or shrinkage, and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.”
Physicians, scientists, athletic trainers, coaches, officials and retired pro players from the U.S. and Canada will discuss the science of concussion, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and future research. The summit focuses on ice hockey, but concussion-related topics apply to all sports.
The sessions include:
- “Which Hockey Players are at Greatest Risk and Why?
- “Can Financial Concerns and Pending Litigation Reduce Concussions in Pro Hockey?”
- “The Brain’s Response to Concussive Events: Updates on the Neurometabolic Cascade”
- “Pharmacologic Interventions Available now and on the Horizon”
- “Fish Oils, Supplements and their Neuroprotective Effects”
“Ultimately, we’re coming together to make the sport safer for our athletes,” says Michael Stuart, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. “Athletes at all levels are bigger, stronger and faster. Therefore, we must improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent traumatic brain injury.”
As with the first two summits in 2010 and 2013, participants will develop recommendations to improve the safety of the sport. Panels featuring former hockey players, medical providers and experts with coaching, officiating and athletic training backgrounds will provide ideas for potential solutions.
Past recommendations helped foster rule changes, including penalties for all hits to the head, a delay in body checking until the 14-and-under level and the elimination of dangerous acts, such as checking from behind. After these rule changes, Minnesota Hockey/Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine data showed a significant decline in penalties related to checking from behind.
“To reduce concussions in hockey, we must change the mindset and behavior of players, coaches and fans,” says Aynsley Smith, Ph.D., sport and exercise psychologist and concussion investigator at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. “From a young age, athletes need to learn proper body control and stick play to shift the focus from checking to improving skills. We are making progress, but there is more to do.”
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine is facilitating this conference with support from USA Hockey, International Ice Hockey Federation, Thorne Science, Hockey Equipment Certification Committee, American College of Sports Medicine, the Johansson-Gund Endowment, the Brian Mark Foundation and the Martineau Gift.
Members of the media who want to attend or interview participants should RSVP to the contact below by Thursday, Sept. 21.
The September issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter features many great stories. But one in particular may strike a nerve. Steven E. Pachman, Esq., Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads and Kimberly L. Sachs, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law co-wrote an article entitled “Second Impact Syndrome: Diagnosis versus Myth.”
Other stories in the issue include:
Appeals Court Grants Relief to Riddell in Coverage Action
Jury Awards Concussed Softball Player $1.1 Million
Court Filing Urges Helmet Requirements to Protect Women Lacrosse Players
New Study Suggests Brain is in Recovery Mode Long After Athletes Have Been Cleared to Return to Play
The Golden State’s Golden Payouts No Longer Available to All Retired Athletes
Insurance Company and Conference Reportedly Settle Coverage Question
Letters of Protection, Deferred Medical Payments, and the Law
Attorney Assails CTE Study, Praises the Benefits of ‘Combat’ Sports