The University of Texas at Arlington,
along with corporate partners Concussion Vital Signs, NeuroCom and Balanced
Athlete, will bring together brain injury and concussion experts from across
the U.S. March 9-10 for the first University of Texas at Arlington Concussion
Keynote speaker for the summit will be former Dallas Cowboys fullback and current FOX Sports analyst Daryl Johnston. The event will feature the latest research
on the biomechanics of concussions, testing methods, keys to making safe
return-to-play decisions and the long-term effects of sports-related brain
injuries. Organizers are inviting local physicians, athletic trainers, coaches,
school administrators as well as parents and other health professionals to
for more information.
“This is a unique opportunity for
experts from across the nation to gather in one venue to discuss this timely and
important topic,” said Jacob Resch, an assistant professor of kinesiology in
the College of Education and Health
Professions. “The invited speakers will address every aspect of
concussion research and outline efforts to make athletic competition as safe as
In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the
number of sports or recreation-related visits to emergency rooms for
concussions or other traumatic brain injuries increased from 153,375 annually
to 248,418 annually from 2001 to 2009, a 62 percent jump.
Resch, the director of the Brain Injury
Laboratory at UT Arlington, is the principal investigator on a long-term study
of high school athletes, monitoring them before and after concussions. More
than 2,000 North Texas students are now taking part in this study, which is a
collaborative effort with Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern.
The conference program will include
hands-on workshops as well as distinguished speakers. A few of the scheduled
Dr. Christopher C. Giza, associate professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery
in the UCLA Health System. Giza studies the pathobiology of traumatic brain
injuries, including examining altered development and vulnerability to secondary
concussions. Giza co-authored a landmark paper addressing the pathophysiology
Steven Broglio, assistant professor of kinesiology at
the University of Michigan. Broglio studies the biomechanical aspects of
sport-related concussion. He recently published data capturing a cervical spine
fracture in a high school athlete using biomechanical software. He also has
completed several studies on the impact of concussion on young athletes,
including examinations of the reliability of neuropsychological testing used by
many school districts and universities.
Michael S. Ferrara, professor and associate dean of
research at the University of Georgia. Ferrara has been active in concussion
research, investigating recovery patterns and return-to-play decisions. Ferrara was a co-author of the 2004 National
Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement on sport-related concussion.
C. Munro Cullum, professor of psychiatry and neurology and neurotherapeutics
and Director of Neuropsychology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas. His research includes investigations into cognitive
dysfunction in a variety of conditions, including aging and dementia and sports
concussion in retired NFL athletes. Cullum is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He is the incoming president of the Neuropsychology Division of the American
John Hart, medical
science director at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas. He also holds chairs and
appointments at The University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern and is the president of the Society for Behavioral and
Cognitive Neurology and the Behavioral Neurology Section of the American
Academy of Neurology. Hart is examining the long-term effects of repeated
concussions sustained by NFL athletes.
Dr. Damond Blueitt, primary care and sports medicine physician at Orthopedic
Specialty Associates and Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, both in Fort
Worth. Blueitt is part of the team taking part in the UT Arlington study of
student athletes in North Texas.
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which specializes in the design and development of neurocognitive and
behavioral assessment tools and technologies. Neurocom, a
division of Natus®, develops computerized tools for the
assessment and rehabilitation of balance and mobility disorders. Balanced
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testing and concussion assessments and education based in Lewisville.
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