TJSL to Host “Gladiators in the 21st Century,” an Examination of Concussions and Other Injuries in Sports

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TJSL to Host “Gladiators in the 21st Century,” an Examination of Concussions and Other Injuries in Sports

Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Center for Sports Law and Policy is presenting the conference “Gladiators in the 21st Century: Violence and Injuries in Athletics” on November 10 at the law school.

The conference will tackle the issue of the violence and devastating injuries that pervade sports and focus on finding solutions on the medical, legal, policy and cultural levels. This daylong event is open to the public at no charge, and offers 3 hours of MCLE credit to attorneys.

The keynote speaker is long-time sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who conference organizers note has “played a highly active role in getting the National Football League to address the problem of concussions among players.”

In addition, Dr. Kristen Willeumier, Director of Research at Amen Clinics, will present the findings from the first brain imaging study on active and retired NFL football players that resulted in three published reports in peer-reviewed journals. Working with more than 100 players, representing 27 teams and all positions, the study measured the players’ cognitive capabilities before and after receiving brain-directed treatments. The study, using neuropsychological measures, “revealed alarming results about damage caused from playing football, as well as the exciting ability to rehabilitate the brain and improve cognitive functions such as memory, mood, and reasoning among others.”

The panelists include:

Dr. David M. Reiss of DMR Dynamics, expert witness for concussion litigation;

Dr. Jacob E. Resch, Director of the Brain Injury Laboratory, University of Texas at Arlington;

Dr. Dwight Zach Smith, Medical Director of Beyond Wellness Talent Protection and Executive Director of New England Psychiatric Consultants, Plymouth, MA;

Dr. Kristen Willeumier, Director of Research of Amen Clinics;

Jordan Kobritz SUNY Cortland, Professor and Chair of the Sport Management Department;

Travis Leach, Attorney at Law, Sports Agent, Jennings Strouss;

Jeff Levine Professor, Southern Illinois University;

Gary Wolensky, Attorney at Law, Hewitt Wolensky, LLP;

Matthew Mitten, Marquette University, Professor of Law and Director of Sports Law Institute;

Rodney K. Smith, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Distinguished Professor and Director of TJSL Center for Sports Law and Policy; and

Shandrea Williams, Professor of Law, Phoenix College of Law.

“I am thrilled to announce that we are bringing leaders in medicine, law and sport to the law school to discuss and find solutions to the crisis of violence and injuries in sport,” said Professor Rod Smith, who directs the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. “I fear that, if those who love sport fail to address these excesses, other will do the work for us and we will not like the result. We must find solutions.”

This conference is funded though the generosity of an anonymous donor.

For additional information, please visit the event’s webpage and to register: