Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mayo Clinic Partners with Athletes’ Performance to Better Address Concussions, Other Sports-Related Injuries

The Mayo Clinic and Athletes’ Performance (http://www.athletesperformance.com/) announced this week that they have signed a letter of intent to partner in advancing proactive health and sports performance. The collaboration will include research and development, integrated performance solutions, advanced diagnostics, access to leading specialists, and the complete continuum of quality health and sports medicine care.

Concussions are a prime target for the collaboration as Athletes’ Performance will help Mayo Clinic physicians in Arizona “serve patients who have experienced a concussion or other sports-related injury, providing access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment programs, world class performance solutions and injury prevention training.”

Dan Burns, CEO of Athletes’ Performance added that the partnership “combines Athletes’ Performance’s integrated human performance solutions with Mayo Clinic’s world-renowned medical care, research and health education to provide a comprehensive, proactive approach to health, wellness and human performance.”

Beginning in 2014, Athletes’ Performance’s team of performance specialists will deliver human performance programs in Mayo Clinic’s recently announced Sports Medicine Center expansion in Rochester, Minn. The Center will focus on, among other things, concussion research.

Athletes’ Performance is known “as the premiere training organization for elite athletes and elite military operators, as well as a leader in applied research and innovation to advance human performance,” according to a joint press release. “Athletes’ Performance offers programs and services for professional and amateur athletes, the military, and forward thinking corporations around the world.”

The two organizations also announced that they plan to initiate “collaborative research projects and educational campaigns around health and wellness, performance training and the prevention and treatment of concussion and other sports-related injuries.”

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Is a History of Concussions Soon to Be Used as a Legal Defense?

Titus Young, former Detroit Lions wide receiver, had a court date this past Monday. He was a no-show, citing “personal reasons.” His attorney, “Altus Hudson II, said Young is suffering from concussion symptoms and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.”

Young’s final release from the St. Louis Rams was followed by his arrest “three times in a week during May. He faces 11 charges, including burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.” That’s some hole to dig in such a short period of time.

According to Young’s attorney, Monday’s no-show “was not a surprise.” Hudson… “believes the wide receiver’s decision-making was affected by his concussion problems.” One just might get the feeling that Hudson’s comments might be leading up to a defense strategy. Interesting twist to say the least.

On another front, there’s yesterday’s arrest of the Patriot’s Aaron Hernandez on murder charges. In January of 2012 he received concussion tests after getting his “bell rung on a carry to the goal line.” It’s now some 18 months later and he’s incarcerated without bail. His attorney obviously has his hands full contemplating a defense. Does insanity and concussions have anything in common?

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Concussions Are the Theme at the Santa Clara Institute of Sports Law and Ethics Symposium

The Santa Clara Institute of Sports Law and Ethics Symposium has made “Sports Concussions: Problems and Proposed Solutions” the theme of its annual event, set for September 12 at Santa Clara University.

Among the speakers are keynoters Alan Schwarz of the NY Times and NFL Senior Vice-President for Health and Safety Policy, Jeff Miller. There will be a panel on medical issues, chaired by Dr. Robert Cantu, who is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Boston University and who is the author of a leading book on issues with youth concussions; a panel on football, chaired by Ramogi Huma, President of the National College Players Association; a panel on soccer, chaired by Olympic and World Cup champion, Brandi Chastain; a panel on youth issues, chaired by Tom Farrey of ESPN; and a panel on legal issues chaired by Ted Leland, the Athletic Director of University of the Pacific. Also speaking will be retired football players, including Hall-of-Famer, Ronnie Lott, and three-time All Pro, Brent Jones.

There will also be a special lunchtime presentation, “What we can learn from What Happened at Rutgers” by Jack Clark, the Cal Berkeley rugby coach who has won 22 NCAA Championships, and Jim Thompson, CEO and Founder of Positive Coaching Alliance.

For more on the September 12 event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit http://law.scu.edu/sportslaw/2013-symposium

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