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NCYS Participates in the NATA Youth Sports Safety Alliance Summit "Rethinking Youth Athlete Safety" and Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.
March 1, 2014
‚€œRethinking Youth Athlete Safety‚€Ě is the theme for the 5th national Youth Sports Safety Summit to be held March 10-11, 2014 at the Westin City Center, Washington, DC. The conference will be held on Monday and on Tuesday attendees will take the message about sports safety to Capitol Hill.

The annual conference is proving to be very critical to keeping the public‚€™s attention focused on ALL sports injuries, especially catastrophic and fatal events. Attendance will help educate policymakers and the public about sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat illness and sickling, cervical spine and organ injuries, as well as concussion. NATA and its supporters will continue to promote the National Action Plan for Sports Safety and the Student Athletes‚€™ Bill of Rights.

The agenda concentrates on research and best practices for clinicians, as well as successful advocacy efforts. ESPN‚€™s Tom Farrey will join NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, MD; renowned researcher Dawn Comstock, PhD; and risk management expert Timothy Epstein, Esq., among others, as presenters.

It is noteworthy to acknowledge that the NCYS and Priv-IT were recognized for their work with e-PPE (electronic pre-participation exams) during the presentation by Neeru Jayanthi, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation; medical director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center; board of directors, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Tentative Agenda

Monday, March 10, 2014
9:00 am Registration/Informal Networking

10:00 am Welcome -- Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES, president, National Athletic Trainers‚€™ Association

10:10 am A Case History: Concussion Connection

10:30 am Research -- Dawn Comstock, PhD, associate professor, epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado, Denver; Pediatric Injury, Prevention, Education and Research Program

11:00 am New Concussion Position Statement -- Steve Broglio, PhD, ATC, director, Neurotrauma Research Laboratory, University of Michigan

11:20 am Accountability and Transparency in Intercollegiate Athletics -- Brian Hainline, MD, chief medical officer, NCAA

11:40 am Liability/Risk Management -- Timothy Liam Epstein, Esq.

12:00 pm Networking Lunch

12:30 pm Status of what‚€™s going on in secondary schools (medical coverage and adoption of medical guidelines) -- Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, chief operating officer, Korey Stringer Institute; director, Athletic Training Education, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut

1:00 pm Pre-participation Exams -- Neeru Jayanthi, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation; medical director, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center; board of directors, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

1:20 pm Mental Health and the Athlete -- Timothy Neal, MS, ATC, assistant director of athletics for sports medicine and adjunct professor, Syracuse University

2:00 pm Panel -- School Administration -- Moderator Tom Farrey, ESPN
~ Bill Curran, director, Student Activities & Athletics Program, Fairfax County Public Schools
~ John Reynolds, MS, ATC, administrator, Athletic Training Program, Fairfax County Public Schools
~ Coach Tre Mines, HD Woodson STEM Senior High School, Washington, DC School District
~ Terri Lakowski, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
(1) Best Practices in Awareness & Training -- Moderator Laura Friend
~ Beth Mallon, Advocates for Injured Athletes
~ Gillian Hotz, University of Miami Health System
~ Brian Haugen, Taylor Haugen Foundation
~ Darla Varrenti, Nick of Time Foundation
~ Rhonda Fincher, Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation

(2) Best Practices on the Field
~ Jon Butler, Pop Warner
~ Mark Uyl, Michigan High School Activities Association
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(3) Best Practices in Advocacy -- Moderator Sally Johnson, NCYS
~ Anthony Green, SafeKids
~ Darren Sudman, Simon‚€™s Fund
~ Dara Schwam, Children‚€™s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
~ Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports

4:30 pm Q&A and Wrap-up

5:30-7:00 pm Reception

< b>Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:00 am Buffet Breakfast

7:30 am Congressional Briefing
Amy Callender, NATA Director of Government Affairs

9:00 am-4:00 pm Congressional Visits