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New Jersey Trainers Give their Highest Award to Congressman Championing Concussion Awareness

The Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) has recognized Congressman Bill Pascrell with its 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award, given to those who have made “an impression on the profession of athletic training within New Jersey.”

The Presidential Award is the ATSNJ’s highest civilian award. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. was selected due to his “dedicated service to concussion awareness and treatment as well as his devotion to sports safety.”

As the co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Congressman Pascrell has raised the nation’s awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was identified as the “signature injury” among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Congressman Pascrell has worked to make sure that our soldiers are properly screened and diagnosed for concussions. He continues to fight for TRICARE insurance coverage to pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy – the most effective treatment for soldiers recovering from TBI.

After the tragic death of Montclair High School football player Ryne Dougherty in 2008, the congressman’s efforts against the dangers of TBI have expanded to help protect young athletes. On Sept. 30, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Pascrell’s Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act. The legislation calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines and protocols for the management and treatment of sports-related concussions for the benefit of the nation’s student-athletes.

ATSNJ President Eric Schwartz states, “It is a privilege to be giving the 2016 ATSNJ Presidential Award to the Honorable Bill Pascrell for his continued work in the prevention, education, and treatments of brain injuries. Congressman Pascrell has been at the forefront for promoting concussion research and supporting athletic trainers as medical experts when it comes to concussion. We at ATSNJ thank the congressman for his support of the profession of athletic training and making athlete safety a priority!”

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Major League Lacrosse Joins Concussion Legacy Foundation to Host 2016 Concussion Awareness Week

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced it will partner with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to host the first ever MLL Concussion Awareness Week June 5-11, which will be celebrated at five different MLL home stadiums. Throughout the week, the organizations, teams and players will engage fans and the lacrosse community through social media and events to educate on the seriousness of concussions.file000726425941 (1)

The announcement marks a continuation of a strategic partnership between MLL and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to solving the concussion crisis through research, policy and education. The partnership highlights the importance of player safety, and this year again includes concussion education presentations provided by the Foundation for each MLL team.

“We pride ourselves on having the most progressive player safety program in professional sports, and our continued partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation is paramount to that mission,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “With Concussion Awareness Week, we will use our platform and the Foundation’s unparalleled expertise to raise awareness of the importance of concussion prevention and management.”

The Concussion Legacy Foundation was founded in 2007 by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. MLL first began its partnership with the Foundation in 2013 with the development of a comprehensive concussion program focusing on research, education, prevention, diagnosis and management, with innovations such as the concussion check and the concussion caretaker model.

“We are thrilled to partner with Major League Lacrosse for Concussion Awareness Week,” said Concussion Legacy Foundation executive director Chris Nowinski. “Concussion awareness is a shared responsibility, and this is a great opportunity to partner together and promote prevention and proper management of concussions for our country’s fastest-growing sport.”

In addition to the Concussion Awareness Week programming, MLL has named the Concussion Legacy Foundation its 2016 All-Star Game charity beneficiary. The 2016 All-Star Game will take place Saturday, July 9 at Cal State Fullerton, in Orange County, California. For more information on the game, click

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Twenty-eight Researchers and Companies Advance to Next Phase of Mind Matters Challenge

From the NCAA’s Chris Radford:

The NCAA has announced the selectees for the second phase of the Mind Matters Challenge. The challenge, which seeks to advance understanding of how to change culture, attitudes and behavior in young adults about concussion, is part of the broader joint initiative between the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.Giving The Green Light To Drive After Head Trauma

The Mind Matters Challenge focuses on two initiatives:

  • A research challenge designed to identify key factors and methodologies to change the culture and behavior of college student-athletes.
  • An educational program challenge meant to improve the effectiveness of concussion awareness programs delivered to student-athletes, which may then translate to service members and other at-risk populations.

The goal of the Mind Matters Challenge is to improve concussion awareness education programs delivered to college athletes, service members and their influencers so that all clearly understand a concussion is a serious medical condition requiring appropriate treatment – just like a knee injury, eye injury or broken bone.

“Real change in concussion reporting must be rooted in science – not just in better defining the natural history of concussion through the study we have launched with the Department of Defense, but also the science of how to effect culture change,” NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said. “In areas like smoking cessation, the U.S. didn’t see real decreases until the culture changed. That is precisely the kind of environment we seek to create around concussion in the coming years through this challenge.”

Research Challenge

Participants in the research challenge are competing for a maximum of 10 research grants for amounts ranging up to $400,000. The challenge seeks to fund research into the mechanisms influencing cultural change in the target population. During the preliminary review, the NCAA and Department of Defense internal review panels identified a pool of exemplary proposals that intend to use a combination of sound methodologies and innovative approaches to change attitudes about concussions in young adults.

Those invited to participate in the next phase of the research challenge have the opportunity to submit comprehensive project proposals for final review.  All funding decisions will be made based upon these submissions, due Oct. 15. Winners will be selected this fall. Award amounts to each winning respondent will depend on the nature and scope of the respective proposal.

Phase Two Research Challenge participants:

  • Steve Corman, Arizona State University
  • Shelina Babul, British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit
  • Doug Coatsworth, Colorado State University
  • Deborah Koltai Attix, Duke University Medical Center
  • John Xerogeanes, Emory University
  • Tracey Covassin, Michigan State University
  • Kami Silk, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University
  • Janice C. Stapley, Monmouth University
  • Debbie I. Craig, Northern Arizona University
  • Mehdi Kalantari, Resensys
  • Jessica Mirman, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Johna K. Register-Mihalik, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Shellie Acocello, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Christopher D’Lauro, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Breton Asken, University of Florida
  • Julianne D. Schmidt, University of Georgia
  • Robert W. Turner, University of Maryland, College Park
  • David L. Wyrick, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ann Elizabeth Glang, University of Oregon
  • Dee Anne Warmath, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joel P. Bish, Ursinus College
  • Educational Program Challenge

The educational program challenge seeks entities with the expertise and capability to create compelling and impactful educational materials for college athletes and other at-risk populations in the area of concussion education, based on the best information available today.

Winning proposals for phase one of the educational program challenge will receive cash prizes of $25,000 each and have been invited to participate in phase two, which includes $75,000 of additional production funding to create a short educational demonstration. Phase one winners were selected based on the assessment of a joint NCAA-DOD review panel that at least one element of the submission is worth further development and exploration.

Phase One Educational Program Challenge winners:

  • William Ernst, Chestnut Hill College
  • Steve Nels Katzenberger, Creative Street Media Group
  • Brooke de Lench, MomsTEAM Institute, Inc.
  • Ashley Denise Marass, University of South Alabama
  • Ricardo Valerdi, Science of Sport/University of Southern California
  • Rennae Williams, Johnson C. Smith University

For more information, please visit www.mindmatterschallenge.org

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