Category Archives: Professional

NFL, USA Football Emphasize Trainers with Past NFL Experience

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.”

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Two Concussion Conferences — One Local, One Global

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 concussion@methodistsports.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

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Indiana State Legislature Passes SB222

The Indiana State Legislature passed SB222, the first bill of its kind in the country, which requires football coaches and assistant coaches who are coaching athletes under 20 years of age to complete a course in player safety and concussions at least once every two years. The bill also mandates high school student athletes that are removed from play due to suspected concussions or head injuries to not return to play until at least 24 hours have passed.

Providing input on the bill were members of the NFL Physicians Society and the Indianapolis Colts medical team, Drs. Hank Feuer and Terry Horner provided input for this bill. Through a concussion advisory committee, they helped approve the content of the coaches certifying course encompassing concussion awareness, heat acclimatization, equipment fit and coaching techniques.

Also over the past three years, with the help of a local pediatric sports medicine physician, Dr. Feuer and Dr. Horner have certified 176 Indiana physicians in the administration and interpretation of ImPACT, which provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices – as part of determining safe return to play decisions. The doctors conduct the sessions bi-monthly.

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