Time is short on this, I understand, but I just was dropped a note about this symposium being held in Chicago. Once again yours truly has “commitments”, this time it is a wrestling dual tournament – where my services are needed more. Regardless, when I looked at the faculty list and the speaking topics my interest was piqued. BIG NOTE here it is only $25 for athletic trainers to attend ($60 for physicians).
The lecture is going to be directed by Julian Bailes, MD and David Firm, MD, PhD, both unheralded leaders in the field of brain injury. What is more interesting than that is the fact that two relative “quiet” doctors will be presenting their information. Both of these men are “controversial”; one is seen as an extreme outsider by the NFL and the powers that be in their corner – Dr. Bennett Omalu the other has had his share of issues, mainly in the press (see Irv Muchnick), for previous perceived mishandling of concussions in the NFL and WWE – Dr. Joseph Maroon.
Unlike the symposium I posted about yesterday, there are no athletic trainers on the speaking panel, to me that is a shame as the athletic trainer is the front lines on concussions in sports (mainly HS up). Here are the topics, you can find the .pdf of the course HERE;
- Overview and Update of Mild Head Injury
- Translating Pathophysiology, Research, and Clinical Observation into the Concussion Clinic
- The Neuropsychologist’s Role in Concussion Management and Return-to-Play
- Current Standards for Return to Activity
- Heading off Trouble – Evaluation of Minor Head Injury in the Emergency Department
- Concussion Update — Lessons from the NFL: Present and Future Developments (Maroon)
- CTE: A Historical Perspective — Pathological Overview and Taupathy (Omalu)
If anyone gets the chance to be there send me your notes I would love to take a look.