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Free Conference - ACHIEVING Best Practices in Concussion Management

4 Free CEUs - ACHIEVES Project

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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This event is designed for athletic trainers, school nurses, primary care physicians, school athletic directors, school administrators, and individuals who are involved in the recognition, assessment, and management of concussions in children and adolescents.

6 free CEU's will be awarded to Certified Athletic Trainers. 

ACHIEVES Grant Update

Shane Caswell, PhD, ATC, SMART Lab Executive Director

Dr. Caswell is an Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Executive Director of Sports Medicine Assessment, Research & Testing (SMART) Laboratory where he conducts injury prevention research aiming to improve safety in youth and scholastic sport. His research focuses on using injury surveillance to inform the development of evidence-based interventions and policies to improve the recognition and management of concussion and other injuries among youth and scholastic athletes. Dr. Caswell has authored his work in refereed journals and delivered scholarly presentations nationally and internationally. He serves as a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Athletic Training and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.


Keynote Speaker

Concussions and the Commonwealth

Senator Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk) – Senate District 6

Senator Ralph Northam (D) currently serves in the Senate of Virginia, representing the 6th district. A pediatric neurologist, Dr. Northam practices at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia and serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In addition to his valuable contributions to pediatric neurology, in 2010 Senator Northam sponsored the Student-Athlete Protection Act (SB 652)helping Virginia to be among one of the first states to enact concussion legislation. Senator Northam attended Virginia Military Institute, where he was President of the Honor Court. He went on to Eastern Virginia Medical School, obtaining his Medical degree in 1984. From 1984 to 1992 he served as a United States Army physician, attaining the rank of major. During his army service, he completed a pediatric residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, followed by a child neurology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During Operation Desert Storm, he treated casualties at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.


Speaker and Topic Information:

An Update on Concussion Diagnosis and Evaluation

Joel S. Brenner, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Dr. Brenner is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He is also the chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Brenner was also one of the authors for the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on “Sports-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescent”. He is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters sports medicine and adolescent medicine programs and the Director of the CHKD Sports Concussion program. Dr. Brenner is a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the SMAC Concussion Subcommittee. He was also involved with the development of the Virginia Board of Education Guidelines for Senate Bill 652, “Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes”. He also helped write the Chesapeake Public Schools’ Concussion Management Plan and was a consultant for other schools around the state including the Virginia Beach Public Schools. Currently, Dr. Brenner is the team physician for local high schools and Norfolk State University, Governors School of Dance, Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Virginia Ballet and was the co-medical director of the Shamrock marathon in Virginia Beach.  He lectures locally, nationally and internationally on various sports medicine and adolescent medicine topics including “concussions in youth” and “overuse and overtraining in young athletes”.

Military Perspectives: What Schools Can Learn from Battlefield Concussion Management

Commander John C. Biery, Jr., DO, Medical Corps, United States Navy

Commander Biery currently serves at the Naval Health Clinic in Annapolis as a sports medicine physician and team physician for the U.S. Naval Academy varsity football and wrestling teams. He recently returned from a six month deployment to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan where he served as the director of the Concussion Restoration Care Center. Commander Biery received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998.  He completed a Family Medicine internship and residency at U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida separated by a tour as an Undersea Medical Officer at Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit ONE, Pearl Harbor Hawaii.  After residency he served as Family Medicine Department Head at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.

Implementing Return to Learn (RTL) Procedures and Academic Accommodations in Schools

Brenda Eagan Brown, MSEd, CBIS, BrainSTEPS Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania

Mrs. Eagan Brown is the statewide Program Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program called BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students), which began through funding from the PA Department of Health in 2007 and is now jointly funded by the PA Dept. of Health and the PA Department of Education.  Her passion for assisting students was sparked when her brother sustained a severe TBI when they were teenagers.  She received her Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Transitional Special Education focusing on TBI and most recently a TBI graduate certificate from GWU.  She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, serves on the Brain Injury Association of America's Pediatric Task Force, PA State Pediatric Brain Injury Task Force, National Collaborative Regarding Children with Brain Injury, and international board of directors for the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. She is published and presents at the state, national and international levels and has received multiple awards for her work in pediatric TBI.  In 2012, Mrs. Eagan Brown was invited by the Centers for Disease Control to serve on an expert panel regarding concussion in schools in Atlanta, GA.  She collaborated with the PA Department of Education to create statewide documents on concussion for educators. Mrs. Eagan Brown was recent invited panelist for the Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, and the Sport Related Concussion in Youth Committee. Her current focus for 2013 is assisting school districts in PA with the implementation of the BrainSTEPS Concussion Return to School Protocol by establishing and training hundreds of district level academic focused Concussion Management Teams statewide.  

A Teamed Approach to Concussion Care: Working with Teachers and Administration

Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, Dean, University of New Hampshire, College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Ferrara serves as Dean of the College of Health & Human Services at the University of New Hampshire.  An accomplished athletic trainer and researcher he was an author of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, and has published extensively leading sports medicine journals and presented nationally and internationally on concussion and heat illness in athletes. In addition, Dr. Ferrara has international expertise in sport epidemiology for athletes with disabilities and sport-related concussion.  Prior to his becoming Dean of the College of Health & Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Ferrara was a Professor in Kinesiology and Curriculum Director of Athletic Training at University of Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in New York, a Master of Science Degree from Michigan State University, and his Doctorate from Penn State University.

Jatin Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, SMART Lab Operations Coordinator

Dr. Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist. He is the founding director of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing (SMART) laboratory and the GMU Performing Arts Medicine Program. Dr. Ambegaonkar's research interests include dance/performing arts medicine and injury prevention during physical activity. Related lines of interest include the overall control of the body during activity and the methodology of investigating these mechanisms using surface electromyography.

Dr. Ambegaonkar is an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and serves on the Research Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. His research has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, WORK, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Orthopedic Research, Sports Health, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, and Journal of Allied Health.

Amanda M. Caswell, PhD, ATC, President, Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association

Dr. Amanda Caswell is an assistant professor and director of the athletic training education program at George Mason University.  As the current President of the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association, she has been involved with the development and evolution of concussion related legislation in Virginia.   She earned her undergraduate degree from Ashland University, a Master of Science Degree from California University of Pennsylvania, and her Doctorate degree from Ohio University.


About the ACHIEVES Project :

The ACHIEVES Project (AdvanCing Healthcare Initiatives for undErserVEd Students) is made possible by a generous grant funded by the Potomac Health Foundation. The ACHIEVES project represents an innovative collaboration between George Mason University and the Prince William County Public Schools. The project increases access and quality of healthcare for student athletes, provides education about the emerging health issue of concussion, and builds a centralized injury surveillance system necessary to inform evidence-based prevention efforts within Prince William County high schools and middle schools. 

More Information : http://achieves.gmu.edu/



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George Mason University - Prince William Campus (Verizon Auditorium)
10900 University Blvd
Manassas, VA 20110

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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