International Summit on Female Concussions and TBI


I am very excited to inform you and implore you to attend this first of its kind conference. Katherine Snedaker – a good friend and ally – along with her planning committee have done a wonderful job of creating a great place to discuss a subset of this head injury issue.

The International Summit on Female Concussions and TBI will be held a month from now at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. This summit is unique because this will only be about sex and gender-based research on females, from pediatrics to the elderly.

As much as we think we know about head injuries and concussions we don’t know squat, globally. Let alone in one gender over the other; females have been painfully overlooked/lack of attention because most of the noise and spotlight is on male dominated sports. Although, females choose to play many of the collision sports (rugby, hockey, lacrosse) there are other issues we know that impact females differently.

The summit is over two days and will eventually culminate in a consensus statement about female issues surrounding and within the concussion paradigm. This is also going to be a first of its kind, and appreciated at least from me.

The Topics (briefly summarized):

  • Menstrual Phase and its impact
  • Age and Sex and its impact on symptoms
  • Domestic Violence
  • Female Soldiers
  • Pediatrics
  • Female Sport Concussions
  • Concussion Recovery male vs. female
  • Female RIO Data
  • Clinical Spectroscopy of Female brain
  • Return to School
  • Social Interactions
  • Ice Skaters
  • Psychology of Concussoin
  • And more

Here are the presenters, moderators and planning committee members (as of this post): 

  • Dr. Kristy Arbogast (CHOP)
  • Ms. Christine Baugh (Harvard University) Moderator
  • Dr. Shannon Bauman (Concussion North)
  • Dr. Jeff Bazarian (Rochester)
  • Dr. Donna Broshek (U of Virginia) Moderator
  • Dr. Angela Colantonio (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Tracy Covassin (Mich State)
  • Dr. Thomas Dompier (Datalys Center)
  • Dr. Ruben Echemendia (State College) Moderator
  • Dr. Carolyn Emery (Calgary) Cannot attend but co-editor of summit paper
  • Ms. Maria E. Garay (Sojourner Center)
  • Dr. Gerry Gioia (Children’s National)
  • Dr. Chris Giza (UCLA)
  • Dr. Odette Harris (DVBIC)
  • Dr. Robb Knechtel (Sojourner Center)
  • Dr. Margot Putukian (Princeton)
  • Dr. Brian Hainline (NCAA Chief Medical Officer)
  • Mr. Tim Kelly (Head Athletic Trainer/Associate Athletic Director, United States Military Academy)
  • Dr. Harry Kerasidis (Calvert Memorial Hospital)
  • Dr. Zach Kerr (Datalys Center)
  • Dr. Alexander Lin (Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical)
  • Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser (Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey)
  • Mr. Chris Nowinski (Concussion Legacy Foundation)
  • Dr. Catherine McGill (Children’s National) Moderator
  • Dr. Summer Ott (UT Medical School at Houston) Moderator
  • Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (NorthShore University HealthSystem) Moderator
  • Dr. Mayumi Prins (UCLA)
  • Dr. Jessica Schwartz (National Spokeswoman American Physical Therapy Association) Moderator
  • Dr. Tad Seifert (Norton Healthcare, U of K College of Medicine)
  • Dr. Tom Trojian (Drexel) Sport Concussion Research
  • Dr. David Wang (Quinnipiac)

That is quite the list and an impressive group of people who are worth at least a listen to.

In addition to the wonderful topics of research and information there will be tw0 panels with general discussion about female issues:

  • Media Panel
    • Mr. Stanley Kay (Sports Illustrated)
    • Mr. Timothy Bella (Al Jazeera America)
    • Mr. Tom Macleod (Sky Sports)
    • Mr. TJ Quinn (ESPN)
    • Ms. Bonnie Ford (ESPN)
    • Mr. Stefan Fatsis (SLATE)
    • Mr. Patrick Hruby (VICE Sports)
  • Female Athlete Panel (not all are confirmed at this point):
    • Ms. Samantha Rapoport (Former female tackle football player since age 12, now USA Football Director of Development)
    • Ms. Melissa Coyne (Former Lacrosse goalie with 3 concussions in a helmet, now US Lacrosse Director of Games Administration)
    • Ms Josephine Pucci (Harvard Crimson Women’s Ice Hockey Team, United States Women’s National Ice Hockey Team)
    • Ms. Paige Decker (Yale Women’s Ice Hockey Team)
    • Ms. Emilie Bydwell (Professional Rugby player and All-American)
    • Ms. Cara Griffin (High School Athlete)
    • Equestrian or Soccer Player TBA
    • Moderator: Dr. Catherine McGill (Children’s National)

You can REGISTER HERE and find out more info about lodging and prices.

I am looking forward to the information coming from this very important meeting and I think you all should take the time to get to this event and broaden your info about concussions. I am squarely looking at athletic trainers and doctors that deal with the female athlete.

And perhaps you will get a chance to meet me there and either yell at me or shake my hand (pending finding a babysitter).

 

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3 thoughts on “International Summit on Female Concussions and TBI

  1. CoachS2014 January 28, 2016 / 11:36

    Here’s a Bravo to you all for making this happen! Would love for any kind of Live Feed,. Due to obligations on West Coast and can’t make it out to attend this very important event. I understand the struggle it took to make this happen. Thank you!

  2. SportsCAPP.com January 28, 2016 / 11:50

    Dustin,

    That isn’t the updated info. We aren’t public yet… If you cannot take it down, Here are some edits…

    The PINKconcussions International Summit on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be co-hosted by Georgetown University Medical Center with support from the NCAA Sports Science Institute and US Lacrosse. The one-day conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, from 8 am to 8 PM at Georgetown University, in Gaston Hall.

    This summit, the first ever to focus on females, and its subsequent research paper, will explore the gender differences in brain injury, symptoms and recovery to develop a better model of care for females.

    International experts will review and discuss and discuss brain injury across the Female Life Cycle from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, Sports, Domestic Violence and Military Service.

    Keynotes by Major General Margaret Wilmoth and Dr. Brian Hainline – Chief Medical officer of the NCAA

    This summit is endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America and Brain Injury Canada.

    The Topics (briefly summarized)

    Concussion and TBI Differences in Gender in Sports Beyond Sports: Concussion and TBI Differences in Gender in Civilians and Soldiers Menstrual Phase as Predictor of Outcome After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Women Clinical Spectroscopy of TBI: Implications for the Female Brain Migraine and Post-traumatic Headaches in Females Gender Impacts Tau Concentrations Following Concussion Gender ​Differences in Healthcare Utilization and Time to Recovery for Concussion Management and Rehabilitation Post-Concussion And more WORKING ON FINAL FACULTY LIST NOW

    That is quite the list and an impressive group of people who are worth at least a listen to.

    In addition to the wonderful topics of research and information there will be two panels with general discussion about female issues:

    Media Panel Mr. Stanley Kay (Sports Illustrated) Mr. Timothy Bella (Al Jazeera America) Mr. Tom Macleod (Sky Sports) Mr. TJ Quinn (ESPN) Ms. Bonnie Ford (ESPN) Mr. Stefan Fatsis (SLATE) Mr. Patrick Hruby (VICE Sports)

    Female Athlete Panel: Ms. Samantha Rapoport (Former female tackle football player since age 12, now USA Football Director of Development) Ms. Melissa Coyne (Former Lacrosse goalie with 3 concussions in a helmet, now US Lacrosse Director of Games Administration) Ms Josephine Pucci (Harvard Crimson Women’s Ice Hockey Team, United States Women’s National Ice Hockey Team) Ms. Paige Decker (Yale Women’s Ice Hockey Team) Ms. Emilie Bydwell (Professional Rugby player and All-American) Ms. Cara Griffin (Former High School Athlete, now in College)

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    • Rika January 28, 2016 / 13:50

      The date in the above comment makes no sense. Might mislead people into thinking they’ve missed it and they won’t come.

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