July 14-16 | Jacksonville

2017 Sports Concussion Conference

Thank you for attending the fourth annual Sports Concussion Conference. The 2018 Sports Concussion Conference is happening July 20-22 in Indianapolis, IN.


Friday, July 14

Concussion Boot Camp
8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Pre-participation/Baseline Evaluation and Tools
Meeryo Choe, MD, Los Angeles, CA

Sideline/Acute Evaluation
Anthony Alessi, MD, FAAN, Norwich, CT

Vestibular & Balance Examination
Jamie Bogle, PhD, Scottsdale, AZ

Visual/Neuro-ophthalmology Examination
Steven Galetta, MD, FAAN, New York, NY

Office Follow-up and Management Examination
Bert Vargas, MD, FAAN, Dallas, TX; and Emily Middleton, D.P.T. 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Animal Modeling of Repetitive Concussion and CTE
William P. Meehan III, MD, Boston, MA

  • Description: This presentation will provide background information as well as limitations about what we know regarding CTE. Discussions will include how we are influenced by the media and how this influence, in part, shapes the way we interpret the medical literature. It will also focus on animal modeling, the formation of an abnormal form of tau after trauma, the associations with tau and behavior outcomes, and testing of an antibody that blocks the abnormal form of tau and its progression.
  • Keynote Speaker Bio: William P. Meehan III, MD, is director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, director of research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital, and co-director of The Football Players Health Study at Harvard. He graduated from Harvard Medical School where he is currently an associate professor of pediatrics and orthopaedics. He conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of sports injuries and concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, the National Football League Players Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League Alumni Association. He is the 2012 winner of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's award for Best Overall Research. He has multiple medical and scientific publications, is co-editor of the book, Head and Neck Injuries in Young Athletes, and is author of the books Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents, and Concussions.

Working Lunch with Breakouts
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 

  • Professional Sports
    Javier Cardenas, MD, Phoenix, AZ; Tad Seifert, MD, Louisville, KY
  • Collegiate Sports
    Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC, East Lansing, MI; Steven Broglio, PhD, Ann Arbor, MI
  • High School Sports
    Meeryo Choe, MD, Los Angeles, CA; Munro Cullum, PhD, Dallas, TX
  • Youth Sports
    Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CASQM, Philadelphia, PA; Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH, Seattle, WA
  • Practice Issues
    Amaal Starling, MD, Phoenix, AZ; Jennifer Wethe, PhD, Scottsdale, AZ

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 

  • Pathophysiology
    Christopher Giza, MD, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sideline Care
    Javier Cardenas, MD, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sex and Gender
    Tracey Covassin, PhD, ATC, East Lansing, MI
  • Concussion Management and Return to Participation
    Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN, Brighton, MI

Concussion Research 
3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

  • ConTex: The Texas Concussion Network
    Munro Cullum, PhD, Dallas, TX
  • Clinical Updates from the CARE Consortium
    Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pediatric Issues in Youth Sports
    Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH, Seattle, WA

Reception and Poster Session I in Exhibit Hall 
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Saturday, July 15

Post-concussion Syndrome
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 

  • Sleep Disturbances
    Raman Malhotra MD, FAAN, St. Louis, MO
  • Post-traumatic Headache
    Tad Seifert, MD, Louisville, KY

Poster Session II in Exhibit Hall
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 

Post-concussion Syndrome (Continued)
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

  • Dizziness & Cervicogenic Issues
    Terry D. Fife, MD, FAAN, Phoenix, AZ
  • Education & Outreach
    Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC, Chapel Hill, NC

Lunch and Poster Session II in Exhibit Hall 
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Post-concussion Research 
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

  • Exercise & Basic Science
    Grace Griesbach, PhD, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chronic Neurocognitive Impairment and Combat Sports
    Charles Bernick, MD, Cleveland, OH 
  • Predictors of Prolonged Symptoms after Concussion - The 5P Study
    Karen Barlow, MD, Calgary, AB, Canada 

Poster Discussion Session 
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Media Rounds
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

  • Samantha Peszek
    Olympic Medalist and NCAA Champion
    PAC-12 Network Analyst
  • Eric Adelson
    Writer, Yahoo! Sports

Point/Counterpoint Discussion
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m

  • Youth Contact Sports
    Robert Cantu, MA, MD, FACS, FACSM, Concord, MA Vernon Williams, MD, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, July 16

Chronic Sequelae
8:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

  • Behavioral Comorbidities
    Jennifer Wethe, PhD, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Diagnostic Approach to Traumatic Encephalopathy Syndrome
    Nicole Reams, MD, Glenview, IL
  • Programmatic Approach to the Tri-Diagnosis Patient
    Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, Brighton, MI

Summary of Recent Research
9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

  • Basic Science
    Christopher Giza, MD, Los Angeles, CA
  • Clinical Science
    Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, Philadelphia, PA


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