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ACSM Partners with Mayo Clinic on Sports Concussion Summit

ACSM continued its leadership with and focus on concussion in sports with a national thought-leader conference last week at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. The summit focused on Innovation with Concussion Overall and Hockey Specifically. Resulting priorities and actions focused on:
  • enhancing the understanding of epidemiology, etiology, and risk of concussion
  • advancing next steps in preventing concussion
  • improving subjective and objective diagnosis tests for concussion
  • advancing treatment methods to improve recovery and mitigate risk of reoccurrence
  • and integrating science and concussion care in policy
A summary paper and plan will be prepared and published, including a call to action with opportunities for important engagement. For more information, contact ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead.

ACSM Past President William Roberts, MD, FACSM played a key role in the concussion conference, speaking, moderating sessions, and addressing case studies. (Historical note: The photo behind the podium is of Gertrude Booker Granger, MD, who in 1898 became the first female physician in the Mayo practice.)

A panel at the Summit included retired professional hockey players who experienced concussions, including National Hockey League defenseman Jordan Leopold, who played hockey for the Minnesota Wild and seven other NHL teams. Jordan experienced eight concussions throughout his playing career.

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