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National Conference on
YOUTH SPORTS
SAFETY
November 8, 2013
The Barbara Jordan Conference Center
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Public Affairs Center
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute
SHLI
Sponsored by
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National Conference on Youth Safety • November 8, 2013
November 8, 2013
Dear Conferees:
On behalf of the Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS) initiative, it is our great
pleasure to welcome you to our “kick-off conference.” Your presence is most appreciated, and will help ensure that this initiative makes a significant contribution to efforts
aimed at providing a safer playing environment for young athletes.
We need to change the culture of sports in which the banging of heads is too often celebrated. It is a culture that derives from those who play the game, those who coach the
game, those who train athletes for the game and - perhaps most importantly - those who
celebrate and patronize the game.
There have been some great strides taken in terms of policy and research in this area.
Numerous state laws and findings have led to real progress in the fight to better protect
our children. However, these initiatives can vary widely and often do not address multiple issues in a comprehensive manner.
Starting with this conference, PASS seeks to initiate a sustained national conversation
on these issues and bring together the nation’s thought leaders to take that discussion
to a higher level. Over the next two years, that conversation will lead to the development
of a set of national guidelines that identify best practices proven to help 1) significantly
reduce youth sports injuries and 2) provide parents with information they need to make
good decisions about involving their children in youth sports. Sound decision-making
is the key, because the elimination of sport is neither realistic nor healthy – particularly
when we already see decreasing levels of physical activity among American youth. Without safer options, these levels may continue their downward spiral.
Approaches and solutions might be complex, but we must remain committed to the best
available science and continue to invest in research. As former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare John Gardner once said, “Life is full of golden opportunities carefully disguised as irresolvable problems.”
Again, this conference and initiative would not be possible without your participation,
and we thank you for the commitment that you have made by joining us. Our efforts will
not only have an impact on the current health status of our youth, but will help to lay a
foundation for a healthier society for all. We look forward to working with each of you.
Sincerely,
David Satcher MD, PhD
Co-Chair
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Eliot Sorel, MD
Co-Chair
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National Conference on Youth Safety • November 8, 2013
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
YOUTH SPORTS SAFETY
Thursday, November 7, 2013
National Conference on Youth Safety • November 8, 2013
9:45 am-11:00 am
Brain Development, Health & Wellness
Moderator: Dr. Eliot Sorel, Department of Global Health,
George Washington University School of Public Health and
Health Services
Panelists: Dr. Loretta DiPietro, Department of Exercise Science,
George Washington University School of Public Health and
Health Services; Dr. Ramona Hicks, National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Latrice Sales, National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Science Institute;
Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane University Institute of Sports Medicine
11:00 am-11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am-12:30 pm
The Role of The Media As A Primary Prevention Tool
Moderator: LaMar Campbell, National Football League Players
Association
Panelists: Bob Costas, NBC Sports (pre-recorded remarks);
Alexis Glick, GENYOUth Foundation; Jason Pugh, NBC-4
Washington; Drew Watkins, Turner Sports
12:30 pm-1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm-2:15 pm
The Player’s Perspective
Moderator: Mark Kelso, Former NFL Player, Buffalo Bills
Panelists: Brian Goodstein, DC United; Ian Heaton, Lacrosse;
Allison Kasacavage, Soccer
2:15 pm-2:30 pm
Break
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Public Policy Implications
Moderator: Terri Lakowski, Active Policy Solutions
Panelists: Joe Briggs, Esq, NFL Players Association;
Dr. Dora Hughes, Sidley Austin LLP; Dr. Joye Purser,
U.S. Department of Defense
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Closing Reflections
PASS Participant Organizations
4:30 pm-4:45 pm
PASS Charge, NCYSS Council, Timeline, and Closing
Remarks
Dr. David Satcher, Satcher Health Leadership Institute; Dr.
Eliot Sorel, Department of Global Health, George Washington
University School of Public Health and Health Services
PASS Opening Reception
6:00-8:00 pm
6:45 pm
Remarks
Dr. David Satcher, Satcher Health Leadership Institute;
Dr. Eliot Sorel, Department of Global Health, George
Washington University School of Public Health and
Health Services;
Dr. Mark Johnson, Howard University School of Medicine
Friday, November 8, 2013
PASS Conference
8:00 am-9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am-9:45 am
Pre-Recorded Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Bob Costas, NBC Sports
Morning Keynote
Dr. David Satcher, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
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Adjournment
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David Satcher is the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership
Institute (SHLI) and the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Satcher completed his term
as 16th U.S. Surgeon General in 2002. He also served as Assistant
Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services
from 1993 to 1998 and was Director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) from 1993 to 1998. From 2004-2006, he served
as Interim President of Morehouse School of Medicine. From 20022004, he was Director fo the National Center for Primary Care at MSM.
He has served as a Senior Visiting Professor with the Kaiser Family
Foundation and as the Interim Dean of the Charles R. Drew University
Medical and Sciences Center from 1977 to 1979. Dr. Satcher served
as the President of Meharry College from 1982 to 1993. Dr. Satcher
is currently a Mental Health Advisor to the National Football League’s
Total Wellness program, where he has conducted mental health forums
for former NFL players and their families and oversaw NFL Community
Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand For Your Mind & Body, a program to
educate, motivate and mobilize communities to create a “game plan” to
reduce stigma towards mental disorders.
As Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Satcher
led the department’s effort to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in
health, which was incorporated as a goal of Healthy People 2010. Dr.
Satcher has received over 40 honorary degrees and numerous awards.
Gregory W. Stewart, MD is an Associate Professor of
Clinical Orthopaedics, Chief of the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of Sports Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has served as a team physician for professional, collegiate and high
school teams for over 20 years and currently chairs the Louisiana High School
Athletics Association Sports Medicine Advisory Board. Dr. Stewart was the
principle investigator for a research study on mild traumatic brain injury in high
school football funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation
Research. Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Stewart
is the recipient of the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society Jim Finks Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine and has been inducted in to the
Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
Ramona R. Hicks, PhD, MA is a Program Director at the
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she provides
programmatic and scientific leadership to promote coordination and collaboration to accelerate TBI research. She is currently co-director of the Federal
Interagency TBI Research (FITBIR) Informatics System, a federal liaison to
the International TBI Common Data Elements Project, and the Chair of the
External Advisory Board for the Department of Defense-funded research consortia TBI and PTSD (INTRUST). Before coming to NIH, Dr. Hicks conducted research on mechanisms of brain injury and repair with support from the
National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Kentucky
Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust in addition to teaching and clinical practice as a physical therapist.
Latrice Sales serves as associate director of the NCAA Sport Science
Eliot Sorel, M.D.
Eliot Sorel is a recognized global health leader and Clinical Professor
of Global Health, Health Services Management at George Washington
University School of Public Health and Health Services and in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at George
Washington University. He is the Founder of the Conflict Management
and Conflict Resolution Section of the World Psychiatric Association
and a former President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, World Association for Social Psychiatry, and the Washington
Psychiatric Society. Sorel is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric
Association. Dr. Sorel completed his psychiatric training at Yale University, has developed and led health systems in North America and the
Caribbean, and has consulted and taught in more than twenty countries
in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Dr. Sorel currently co-chairs
the World Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on non-communicable
diseases and integrated care.
Sorel is the author of more than sixty scientific papers and book
chapters and the editor of seven books.
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Institute where she is responsible for the administration of initiatives and resources
focused on health, wellness and safety for collegiate student-athletes, youth and
athletics administrators at NCAA member institutions. She previously held the
position of NCAA assistant director of health and safety. Latrice also serves as
the sport science liaison to the NCAA committee on competitive safeguards and
medical aspects of sports (CSMAS) and the student-athlete affairs advisory group,
as well as NCAA-sponsored leadership development conferences and youth programs. Latrice is an American College of Sports Medicine certified health fitness
specialist. She is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Association (CSCCA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA),
and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Loretta DiPietro, PhD is an internationally recognized
leader in the field of physical activity and aging. As chair of the Department
of Exercise Science at George Washington University School of Public
Health and Health Services, Dr. DiPietro emphasizes collaborative research,
building bridges between population-based public health and the clinical and
physiological domains of exercise science. A former Epidemic Intelligence
Service (EIS) Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public
Health Service, she has been awarded grants from the National Institute
on Aging and the American Cancer Society. Dr. DiPietro has a Bachelor of
Science in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University, a
Master of Science in Health Education and Exercise Science from Southern
Connecticut State University, a Master of Public Health from Yale University,
and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University.
Brain Development, Health And Wellness
PASS Conferene Co-Chairs
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
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LaMar Campbell is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. A 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Campbell played with the
Detroit Lions from 1998- 2004. After a tenure with the NFL, Campbell interned in the
Detroit Lions scouting department. Soon after, he enrolled in the NFL-NFLPA sponsored Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program offered at the prestigious
Wharton School of Business. Campbell is the Director of Media Relations for the Atlanta
NFLPA and was once the subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Human Factor’ segment, which
profiles individuals who have overcome the odds. Campbell is a regular contributor to
CNN and HLN and hosts Life After The Game, a radio show on VoiceAmerica Sports
Channel that explores the varied paths of athletes after leaving professional sports.
Mark Kelso graduated from the College of William & Mary and played
Drew Watkins has worked in the sports television industry for 15 years. In 2000,
Watkins joined Turner Sports as a Production Assistant. Since then, he has worked his way
as an Associate Producer, Writer/Producer, Coordination Producer and most recently Creative
Director. In his current role, Watkins oversees the creative departments for Turner Sports and
NBATV, which generate all linear broadcast and promotional creative content for both entities.
He is a thirteen-time National Sports Emmy award winner in various areas including Broadcast
Opens, Promotions, Music Direction and Production Design. In 2009, Watkins won the prestigious Dick Schaap Emmy award for Outstanding Writing. He also took one of the top honors
at the 2012 Sports PromaxBDA by winning the Titanium award for Best Directing. Watkins
has written and directed numerous projects featuring athletes including Dwayne Johnson,
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Charles Barkley and
Shaquille O’Neal. Watkins produced TNT’s Emmy award-winning 2011-12 NBA promotional
piece entitled “NBA Forever,” which was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine.
Brian Goodstein is the Head Athletic Trainer for the D.C. United. His
in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1993, including four consecutive Super
Bowl appearances. Kelso was well known for wearing a “pro cap” on his helmet
to reduce the risk of concussions. A former 5th grade teacher at East Aurora
Middle School in New York, Kelso currently serves as the color commentator for
Buffalo Bills radio broadcasts and is the Development Director and varsity football
defensive coordinator at Saint Mary’s High School in Lancaster, New York, as well
a local baseball coach.
responsibilities cover all aspects of medical care, rehabilitation and sports performance for the team. Goodstein is the current president of the Professional Soccer
Athletic Trainers Society (PSATS). He also serves on the MLS Policy and Procedures committee and on the editorial board for Training and Conditioning magazine.
He has been honored as the MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year twice. Goodstein has
served as the Director of Sports Performance at Metro Orthopedics and Sports
Therapy and the Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the
Tampa Bay Mutiny. Prior to joining Major League Soccer, Goodstein held a similar
position with US Soccer Men’s U-17 National Team program and went to two world
championships.
Alexis Glick currently serves as CEO for the GENYOUth Foundation. A veteran
media personality, is a strategic advisor for a wide range of media companies. She helped
launch the Fox Business Network, the largest cable news launch in history, where she served
as Vice President of Business News and anchored “Money for Breakfast” and “The Opening
Bell.” In addition to her consulting work, Glick is a frequent guest and contributor to ABC’s
“Good Morning America,” “AC360,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and “Politically
Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Prior to joining Fox News, Glick was a correspondent for NBC
News’s “Today Show,” where she co-anchored the third hour of the program. Before joining
“Today,” she was the senior trading correspondent for CNBC and reported from the floor of the
New York Stock Exchange for CNBC’s flagship morning program “Squawk Box.” Ms. Glick is
a graduate of Columbia University. In 2006, she was awarded Columbia’s John Jay Award for
distinguished professional achievement. She’s been featured in W, Fortune, New York Magazine, Men’s Health, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times among others.
Allison Kasacavage is a sixteen-year-old junior at Downingtown
Jason Pugh is a sports anchor and reporter for NBC4’s award-winning sports
Ian Heaton is a seventeen-year-old senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase
High School in suburban Washington, DC. As a sophomore, Ian sustained a serious
head injury during a Fall off-season lacrosse league game. Ian’s concussion rendered him with only five percent of normal cognitive activity and he has spent two
years in recovery, including enrollment in the Children’s Hospital Safe Concussion
Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) program, where he received ongoing
cognitive evaluation and treatment for the physical symptoms. Ian’s road to recovery
has been difficult but he has returned to teaching Tae Kwan Do and has tested for
his 2nd Degree Black Belt. He has discovered a love for physics and calculus and
began an internship at a local physician’s office.
department. He joined WRC in December of 2012. Pugh’s journalism career began
while he was studying Mass Communications at Florida Atlantic University in Boca
Raton, where he also played four years of football under legendary head coach Howard
Schnellenberger. He concentrated his studies in television and newspaper writing and
was heavily involved in the campus radio station and newspaper. Pugh parlayed his radio experience into a job with ESPN 760, a sports radio station in Florida. He began anchoring sports on television a few years later, hosting his radio sports talk show during
the day then anchoring evening sports for NBC 5 and Fox 29 in West Palm Beach. At
WPTV and WFLX, Pugh was the anchor, producer, editor and photographer for the 6
p.m. and 11 p.m. sportscasts. Pugh has covered high school football for the Florida
High School Athletic Association Radio Network and served as the color commentator
for the Florida Atlantic University football radio broadcast on ESPN 760.
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East High School and lives in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Once an elite player
on a travel soccer team that won two state cups and a Region I championship, she
gave up her favorite sport after suffering from several serious concussions. In 2011,
Kasacavage was approached by NBC and asked to share stories about her concussive injuries. Now an advocate, Kasacavage created a Twitter account to increase
concussion awareness. In August 2012, Allison was featured in Metro Kids magazine. She has also starred in an Electric Funstuff video called “Keep Your Head in
the Game” to help kids learn about concussions.
The Player’s Perspective
The Media As a Primary Prevention Tool
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Public Policy Implications
Terri Lakowski, Esq. is the CEO of Active Policy Solutions and has created and implemented strategic policy planning, coalition-building and outreach to organizations
working on issues relating to sport, health and fitness, and gender equity. Prior to starting Active Policy Solutions, Terri worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation and the American Civil
Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU-EM) in the areas of public policy and advocacy on
behalf of Title IX and other anti-discrimination laws. She has worked with school districts in
Missouri and Maryland to improve compliance with Title IX and sports and physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities. Terri has been featured for her leadership in national
outlets, including the New York Times and NPR’s On Point. Terri earned her Juris Doctorate
from American University-Washington College of Law and has taught as an Adjunct Professor
at Georgetown University and George Washington University. She serves on the Board of
the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs and Baseball for All.
Joe Briggs, Esq. is the Public Policy Counsel leader of the Government
Relations Department of the NFL Players Association, as well as former manager of the
NFLPA Financial Programs Department. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Florida
State University College of Law and a master’s degree from Florida A&M University, where he
concurrently served as Special Assistant to the President. During law school, Mr. Briggs was
employed as a law clerk with Bryant Miller Olive and was also a United States Senate Legal
Extern. Mr. Briggs has held leadership positions in the National Black Law Students Association, the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the Student Bar Association.
Mr. Briggs is also a professor at Georgetown University and often speaks on subjects ranging
from politics to sports and everything in between.
Dora Hughes, MD, MPH is the Senior Policy Advisor in Sidley Austin LLP’s
Government Strategies practice in Washington, DC. Dr. Hughes has served as Counselor for Science & Public Health to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and provided policy direction and oversight for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes for Health (NIH),
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She
also worked with the White House Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget,
and Office of Science and Technology Policy. She held leadership roles on the President’s Food
Safety Working Group, Childhood Obesity Taskforce/Let’s Move, and the Council on Women and
Girls. Additionally, she worked on the development and implementation of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, Food Safety
Modernization Act, FDA Safety and Innovation Act, and the National Alzheimer’s Project Act.
Joye Purser, PhD conducts program analysis within the division of Cost
Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), to inform decisions by the Secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense, as well as homeland defense programs. She was
employed for seven years on Capitol Hill as a senior legislative assistant focused on science,
energy and health care policy to two Members of the House of Representatives. Dr. Purser
has also worked at a nonprofit organization, as a campaign operative, a science technical
writer, adjunct professor, and lobbyist. She earned a PhD in Biomedical Sciences for her
work to determine which microbial genes are essential for infection.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
National Conference on
Youth Sports Safety Planning Committee
Cassidy Bommer
Daraka Satcher, J.D.
Sharon Rachel, M.A., M.P.H.
Ashlyn Shockley, J.D.
Jonathan Rigaurd
Christian Thrasher, M.A.
Terri Winston, M.P.A.
Special Thanks
The Coca-Cola Foundation
Kaiser Family Foundation
Bob Costas and NBC Sports
Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
Department of Global Health at George Washington University School of Public Health
The Satcher Group
National Collegiate Athletic Association Sport Science Institute
Howard University College of Medicine
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Participant Organizations
Active Policy Solutions
Monumental City Medical Society
American Academy of Neurology
National Athletic Trainers' Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
National Collegiate Athletic Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
National Concussion Management Certification Center
American College of Sports Medicine
National Football League Players Association
American Medical Association
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
National Operating Committee on
Standards for Athletic Equipment
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American Trauma Society
American Youth Football
A.T. Still University
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's National Medical Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute
Nationwide Children's Hospital
New York State Public High School Athletic Association
Office of Safe and Healthy Students,
U.S. Department of Education
The Ohio State University
Injury Biomechanics Research Center
Pink Concussions
Pop Warner
President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Safe Kids Worldwide
Datalys Center for Sports Injury Prevention and Research
Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School
of Medicine
Dentons US LLC
Shock Doctor Sports
District of Columbia State Athletic Association
Shockstrip, Inc.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development
Sidley Austin LLP
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
George Washington University
Department of Exercise Science
George Washington University
Department of Global Health
George Washington University Institute for Neuroscience
Guardian Caps
Harvard University
Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington
Howard University College of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital
Sports Brain
Sports and Fitness Industry Association
Sports Neuropsychology Society
Sports on Earth
Sport Safety International
Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities
Team2Four
Trinity Sports Partners
Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine
UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
Johnson & Johnson
USA Cheer
KidZ Neuroscience Center,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
US Lacrosse
U.S. Department of Defense
MomsTEAM.com
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Monitor on Psychology
Xavier University