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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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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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Publication Examines Concussion Litigation from the Defendant’s Perspective

The latest Concussion Defense Reporter reports on the developments in youth football, soccer, science, protective gear related to the defense of concussion claims. Of particular interest – the United States District Court, Central District of California granted Summary Judgment to Pop Warner Football in a CTE–wrongful death case two days after Christmas, and two weeks before trial was to start, and the New York State Appeals Court affirmed dismissal of a college soccer player’s PCS / second hit claim, based on primary assumption of the risk.

Just as compelling is an upcoming concussion conference that tackles what organizers are calling a “New Understanding” about CTE.

The debate over CTE will take center stage on the morning of April 15 in Indianapolis when experts gather at the Sheraton Indianapolis Centre to discuss CTE & Sports – A New Understanding.

The moderated panel discussions will examine:

  • The State of the Science;
  • Cases in the News; and
  • Best Practices for Sports Administrators.

Among the already confirmed panelists are Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s Chief Medical Officer, Uzma Samadani, MD; Rudy Castellani, MD; Joe Sala, PhD; Bill Barr, PhD; and Tom McAllister, chair of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine.

For more information, visit: https://www.wilsonelser.com/news_and_insights/speaking_engagements/1366-cte_sports-a_new_understanding

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