The new 2014 CT Concussion Law applies to students K-12 as well as athletes.
Is your school ready with updated policies/practices for the 2014-15 year?
The Concussion Conference: 2014 Connecticut Concussion Law & Research-Based Best Practices for K-12 Schools
Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014
Hosted by Quinnipiac University Medical School, North Haven Campus
Produced by Katherine Snedaker, LMSW
Sponsored by Gaylord Center for Concussion Care
Register at TheConcussionConference.com
Opening Remarks ESPN’s TJ Quinn
Keynote “Sports Concussions: What do we really know?” Anthony Alessi, MD
Presentations from Medical, Academic, Legal and Athletic Concussion Experts for all levels of school staff
Administration Superintendents, Principals, Headmasters, Business Managers, ADs, Heads of Pupil Services
Athletic Dept. Staff ADs, ATs, Coaches
Clinical and Academic Staff School RNs, Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, ATs, Teachers
Schedule All Participants can come partial, half or full day
Continental Breakfast 7:45 AM
Administration Sessions 8 AM -10 AM
Athletic Dept. Sessions 8 AM-12 PM
Clinical/Academic Sessions 8 AM-4:30 PM
Questions Katherine Snedaker 203-984-0860 Katherine@SportsCAPP.com
One Day Concussion Management Training for School Nurses, School Staff and other Professionals who work with Concussed Students
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University School of Medicine | 370 Bassett Road | North Haven, CT
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from 78 School Nurses, 25 MDs, and 25 ATs who attended the Jan 2014 Concussion Conferences and requests for more concussion management training, this new conference includes both:
- Advanced training with case studies for those who attended the 1st conferences to return for a higher level of study
- Basic foundation sessions for new participants
This conference will provide basic and advanced concussion management training for:
- School nurses
- School psychologists
- School guidance counselor/social workers
- School special education directors
- 504 Coordinators
- Athletic Trainers
- Physicians, PAs, and APRNs
See Flyer May2014 Concussion Conf_@QU(4)
Speakers for The May 7 Concussion Conference include nationally known experts and panels of local concussion professionals comprised of pediatricians, physical therapists, neuropsychologists, and advocates of brain injury prevention and athletic training education: Dr. Tricia McDonough-Ryan, Dr. Thomas Trojian, Katherine Snedaker MSW, Dr. David Wang, Dr. Mike Lee and the team of experts from Gaylord Center for Concussion Care, Representative from CATA; Deb Shulansky from Brain Injury Alliance of CT (BIAC); Brain Injury attorney and BIAC Board member Paul A. Slager; Charlie Wund, Founder & President Agency for Student Health Research; and Dr. Karissa Niehoff, The Executive Director at CT Association of Schools and CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Register now at TheConcussionConference.com – Early bird pricing until Monday, April 7
Co-sponsored by Gaylord Center for Concussion Care
Each participant will be trained and will leave with a framework and materials needed to create a Concussion Management Team. The purpose of the CMTeam is to handle the 80% of concussions that resolve in the first month, based on research and nationally recognized best practices. For concussions that last beyond the 4 week period, academic accommodations will be taught which can be created in an IEP or a 504 plan for those students. Early Morning Sessions are split between: Foundation for First Time Participants
- Concussion 101 for School Staff and Medical Providers
- Concussion’s Impact on School: Strategies and Adjustments in the First 3 Weeks
- Time to Retire? Factors in a teen’s decision to retire from contact sports
Advanced Case Studies for Participants from 1st conference or Concussion Professionals
- Presentation of Case Study #1: A case from Gaylord Center for Concussion Care
- Presentation of Case Study #2: A case from Dr. Ryan and Kim Zemo, Social Worker
Late Morning and Afternoon Sessions for All Participants
- Existing Models of Concussion “Return to School” Plans in the USA and CT
- The Timing of Return to Learn (RTL), “Buffalo Protocol,” Return To Play in Student Athletes
- Beyond the Diagnosis: Eyes, Balance and Gait
- Post Concussion Syndrome: Depression, Isolation and Identity Loss, CTE Fact & Fiction
- Post Concussion Syndrome: Academic Modifications After One Month, Home Life Support
- New Research on “Does Concussion Education Work” and Concussion Resources
- The Past: State of CT Concussion Law and Development of Module #15
- The Present: CIAC’s Concussion Policy and Connecticut Law
Continuing Education Credits
- Gaylord Hospital is an Approved Provider of Continuing Nursing Education by The Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an Accredited Approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CNE application is pending for this program.
- This program has been submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide case managers pending clock hours.
- This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.
- Program pending CME Activity approval via CT AAP.
Register now at TheConcussionConference.com To participate as a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Katherine at 203.984.0860 or Katherine@PinkConcussions.com <May2014 Concussion Conf_@QU(4).pdf>
For Release: Monday, November 2, 2013
Launch of International Study of Male Athletes and Concussions
Study of Female Concussions Launches 2nd Study, to explore Male Athletes’ Experiences with Concussions
Dr. Jimmy Sanderson, Clemson University / 864-656-3996 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwalk, CT – Media attention and public interest in sports concussion injuries has been increasing at a rapid rate. As a result, it is important for researchers and concussion advocates to enhance research efforts on this very important topic. To provide some insight on female concussions, we launched a research study in October 2013, which focused on female athletes from all sports, and their past and present experiences with concussions. Via social media tweets & posts about the study, 652 women contacted us to participate. Of the 597 women who were eligible to participate and sent a link to the survey, 538 women completed the forty question online survey. This research study was also was designed to explore female verses male athletes’ experiences with reporting concussions, another salient avenue in the concussions dialogue, as many athletes do not report concussions willingly or are mis-diagnosed.
Now we are recruiting for a NEW IBR approved study of male athletes and their experiences with concussions in conjunction with our recent efforts to recruit female athletes to discuss their concussion experiences.
This research aims to explore reasons why male/female athletes would report or not report concussions and examine potential gender differences that can inform the athletic, medical, and academic communities.
Current and former male athletes are eligible for this study which will be conducted by researchers from Clemson University with the advocacy group, Pink Concussions. For this study, male athletes, age 18 and over, who are willing to participate can sign up now at PinkConcussions.com. Participants will be emailed a link to a twenty-minute online survey about their experiences with sports and non-sport concussions and reporting concussions.
The research also will investigate male/female athletes’ willingness to have genetic testing that may show links to the repair and recovery of brain cells after concussion. After finishing the survey, participants in the study can opt for an additional study and consider submitting DNA collected by a cheek swab to be tested for variants at the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene. Testing for certain genes has previously documented an association between specific genetic factors and outcomes from injuries such as concussion.
Apolipoprotein E is a protein that is important in the repair and recovery of brain cells that have been damaged due to concussion. The clinical studies point to a relationship between certain genetic signatures and poorer overall concussion response. While additional evidence is needed to better understand the relationship between APOE status and concussion outcomes, the American Academy of Neurology introduced APOE testing into concussion management guidelines this year.
This research will be beneficial in shedding light on and male female athletes’ experiences with concussions and reporting concussions. We hope the results of this research will help further concussion research by focusing on the communicative element present in this issue, and the results of the study will be helpful for athletes, parents, administrators, physicians, and advocates.
Co-Researchers in this study are Dr. Jimmy Sanderson and Dr. Melinda Weathers in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University, along with Ms. Katherine Snedaker, MSW, of PinkConcussions.com.
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For more information about this study, help in recruiting athletes or to participate in the study, please fill the contact form at PinkConcussions.com or contact:Dr. Jimmy Sanderson Clemson University email@example.com 864-656-3996 Katherine Snedaker PinkConcussions.com PinkConcussions@gmail.com 203-984-0860
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