2013 Concussion Summit Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Donny Anderson
Pro-Bowler Donny Anderson began his professional football career playing six seasons as #44 for the Green Bay Packers under legendary Coach Vince Lombardi. With the Packers, Anderson originated the concept of hang time in punting and helped the team to two Super Bowl Championships as a running back and punter. In 1996 Anderson co-wrote a book, Winners for Life, as a goal setting guide for teenagers. The success of the book turned into a charity foundation in 2001, Winners for Life Foundation. The foundation provides college scholarships to youth throughout the United States who are making a difference in their own lives but may lack financial and emotional support. For more information please visit www.wflfoundation.org.
Keynote Speaker: Adam Pearce
Adam Pearce has achieved extraordinary success in the world of professional wrestling over the past sixteen-plus years. Breaking into the business in Chicago in November of 1995 and being trained by Sonny Rogers and Randy Ricci, Pearce made his professional debut at the age of seventeen in Waukegan, Illinois on May 16, 1996. He went on to excel on the independent wrestling circuit throughout the Midwest, wrestling several “dark” (or untelevised) matches for the then-WWF from 1997 to 1999, also appearing several times on WWF television programming including their hit “Monday Night RAW” cable broadcast. Pearce went on to train in Atlanta, Georgia at the renowned WCW (World Championship Wrestling) Power Plant and was offered a developmental contract by the Ted Turner-owned company in 1999, declining the offer for personal reasons. Pearce instead relocated to California in late 2000 and worked for the Los Angeles-based WWE development territory UPW (Ultimate Pro Wrestling), working alongside the likes of current wrestling stars John Cena, The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels.In September of 2005, Pearce signed his first domestic wrestling contract for Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) and began touring with the company. Pearce served as a notable villain for the company, working alongside wrestling royalty such as Jim Cornette, Mick Foley, and J.J. Dillon and in a variety of other featured roles.
Behind the scenes, Pearce signed on as the Executive Producer, Director of Talent Relations, and Director of Live Event Operations for Ring of Honor in October of 2008, focusing his energies primarily on the business end instead of in the ring for ROH. Pearce helped launch the popular “Ring of Honor Wrestling” series, which aired from March of 2009 through April of 2011 on Mark Cuban’s HDNet cable network. Pearce left Ring of Honor in August of 2010.Pearce has also worked with video game developer THQ as a motion capture specialist on the last three WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) licensed game titles (WWE ’12, WWE ’13, and the to-be-released WWE ’14).
Pearce lives in San Diego, California with his wife of ten years, their four-year-old son and baby daughter. He has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently finishing his Bachelors of Science in Communications. He was nominated for the 2012 Future Legend Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club (the Screen Actors Guild equivalent for professional wrestling). Adding to his resume, he has worked as a model and actor, landing a small role in the 2012 film release “She Wants Me” starring Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff, among others. He is still an avid football and baseball fan, cheering on the Green Bay Packers every fall and his lovable Cubs every spring. In addition to his other professional activities, Adam has become an advocate for concussion awareness and education. Adam has spoken nationally to attorneys, policy makers and health care professionals about the current state of concussion management in professional wrestling.
Tamara Valovich-McLeod, PhD, ATC
Dr. Valovich is a professor and Chair of Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University. Dr. Valovich McLeod is also the Director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and specializes in pediatric concussion.
Tamerah Hunt, PhD, ATC
Dr. Hunt is an assistant professor and Director of Research for Ohio State University’s Sports Concussion Program and specializes in pediatric concussion research.
Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, CSCS
Ron is the Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Georgia. Ron has co-authored several NATA position statements including cervical spine management and emergency action planning.
Ken Locker, MA, ATC
Ken is the Manager of Sports Marketing at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Ken was the Athletic Trainer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973-1990 and is a SWATA and NATA Hall of Fame member.
Jim Sterling, MD
Dr. Sterling specializes in sport concussion and is a conservative spine specialist. Dr. Sterling has severed multiple times as an Olympic physician.
Paul Krawietz, EdD, ATC
Dr. Krawietz is an assistant professor and Program Director of the UT Arlington Athletic Training Program. Dr. Krawietz has presented locally and nationally to educate coaches and administrators about concussion.
William Barr, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Barr is a professor and Director of Neuropsychology at the New York University School of Medicine and has contributed significantly to concussion literature and clinical practice.
Stephen Macciocchi, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Macciocchi is the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA and has published extensively on sport concussion and helped to shape concussion research.
Jacob Resch, PhD, ATC
Dr. Resch is an assistant professor and Director of the Brain Injury Laboratory at UT Arlington. Dr. Resch has published and spoken locally, nationally and internationally regarding concussion.
Hunt Batjer, MD, FACS
Dr. Batjer is the distinguished chair of Neurological Surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Batjer is Co-chair of the NFL Committee on Head, Neck, and Spine Injuries.
Munro Cullum, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Cullum is a professor and director of neuropsychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and conducts research addressing sport concussion in retired professional athletes.