The Center Foundation Hosts Professional Education Conference on Concussion Management via Live Webinar

The Center Foundation, a Central Oregon nonprofit dedicated to providing sports medicine services to high school students, recently announced its professional education conference will be presented via live webinar. Every three years, in collaboration with community partners, The Center Foundation organizes an educational symposium committed to updating the collective knowledge of medical professionals specializing in concussion management. Brain Trust 2020 will focus on best practices in mild traumatic brain injury and concussion management. Brain Trust 2020 will take place on May 1 and May 2, 2020 and will give medical professionals from across the country a chance to collaborate.

knowledge on the management of persistent post-concussive symptoms, updates in research and the latest tools in diagnosing youth sport concussions, an understanding of the role of neurological testing and new thinking surrounding return to play and return to learn decisions, and a review of the latest research in helmet and cap technology for concussion prevention. In addition, the seminar will review adult concussions and issues related to workers compensation and motor vehicle accidents. Finally, a review of the latest research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – the long-term consequences of head trauma – will also be presented.

The 2020 conference is hosted in partnership with St. Charles Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon. Local Central Oregon presenters include Viviane Ugalde, MD of The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research; Sondra Marshall, PHD of St. Charles Health Center; and more. Additional presenters include Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH of Seattle Children’s Hospital; Gerard Gioia, PHD of Children’s National Health System; and others. To view the entire conference agenda and learn more about the presenters, visit: https://www.centerfoundation.org/professional-education-conference.

To learn more about Brain Trust 2020 or to register, visit CenterFoundation.org.

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Players flagged for targeting may be able to remain in bench area

College football players disqualified for targeting might be able to remain on the sidelines starting with the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee, which met this week in Indianapolis, recommended the rules change Friday. All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss proposed football changes April 16.

If the rule is approved, players flagged for targeting would remain disqualified from the game. But instead of being ejected and required to head to the locker room following a targeting foul — which has been the rule since 2013 — players would be permitted to remain in the team area. All other aspects of the targeting rule would remain the same.

Last season, instant replay officials were instructed to examine all aspects of the play to confirm a targeting foul when all elements of targeting are present. If any element of targeting could not be confirmed, the instant replay official overturned the foul. The option of “stands” was removed, and the number of targeting fouls that were enforced improved the accuracy of implementation.

“In reviewing the trends in targeting, the committee is encouraged and pleased with how the rules have clearly had a positive impact on our game,” said David Shaw, chair of the committee and head coach at Stanford University. “We are encouraged by the improvements in the way our officials, our coaches and our players have worked to keep our game exciting and make it safer. We will continue to look for ways to improve our approach to targeting, but we strongly believe we are on the right path.”

The progressive penalty for targeting also remains. Players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season are subject to a one-game suspension.

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Former Athletic Trainer Sues Union, Citing Coaches’ Dismissiveness About Athletes’ Concussions

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt for the latest issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter. You can subscribe to  CLR by visiting this link.)

A former high school athletic trainer has sued the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union (WSSU), an administrative organization that provides support and services for several educational institutions in Vermont, claiming she resigned under pressure after coaches were dismissive of her measures and concerns regarding traumatic brain injuries suffered by the athletes under her care.

Jaclyn Penson, a resident of New Hampshire, filed suit March 3 in federal court in Vermont, alleging wrongful termination in violation of Vermont’s public policy mandating protection of student athletes participating in school athletic programs.

The plaintiff, represented by attorney Norman E. Watts of Watts, is seeking a jury trial, judgment, and an award from her supervisory union for lost compensation and benefits as well as damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Penson began her nearly 4-year tenure at Brattleboro Union High School in 2016. She was designated an “allied health care provider” under Vermont law. Her duties included “promoting and implementing an effective athletic training program; providing first aid, injury evaluation diagnosis and assessments, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning for student athletes; and protecting student athletes from serious injuries,” according to the lawsuit. She was also required “to implement, administer, supervise, and update concussion protocols for student athletes and maintain an emergency action plan.” She also was responsible for supervising “the clearance on injured athletes prior to and during the sports seasons,” as well as “the required training and certifications of all coaches and (coordinating) their professional development.”

The complaint continued: “Although plaintiff was charged with the aforementioned responsibilities and enforcement of safety protocols for student athletes, some of …

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