UTC Conference Addresses Youth Sports Injuries

Apr 11, 2014

Media reports have helped raise awareness among the American public to health-related issues in sports, such as the long-term effects of concussion, the potential for catastrophic events, the disabling impact of ACL injuries, and the adequacy of existing safeguards. 

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga; Erlanger Health System, and the National Athletic Training Association host “The Sports Injury Epidemic,” a national two-day conference of vital importance to your youth.

A series of important and diverse sessions will explore and highlight nationally recognized problems relating to the prevention and management of sports injuries, such as concussion, heat stroke and ACL rupture.

Visit www.UTC.edu/safeguard-conference for more information.

“The purpose of this event is to create a dialogue with parents, coaches, administrators, and educators on this timely and sensitive issue. Injuries such as concussions, heat stroke, and ACL rupture are potentially catastrophic and disabling in young athletes if not recognized and managed properly,” Dr. Gary Wilkerson, UTC Professor of Graduate Athletic Training and one of the organizers of the conference, said.

On Tuesday, April 15, the panel discussion “Local Response to a National Problem” will feature Brooke de Lench, the founder of MomsTeam.com, a nationally recognized information source and online community for youth sports parents; and Michael Goldenberg, Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer at Lawrenceville (NJ) High School. 

The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the UTC University Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The discussion will focus on youth sports and what parents, coaches, and administrators can do to keep children safe while they participate in school sports.

Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA; Ron Courson, Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at the University of Georgia; and de Lench will give presentations on Wednesday, April 16,  9 a.m.-noon in UTC University Center Auditorium. The presentation titled “Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare” will focus on issues relating to sports medicine practices and administrative policies. This event is free and open to the public.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in the UTC University Center Auditorium, Dr. Craig Denegar, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Connecticut and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training, will serve as moderator of a panel of national experts in a discussion on the best practices in administration of sports medicine programs for youth and intercollegiate athletics. Registration for this event is required. Medical professionals may apply for CEU credit.

“With all these panels and discussions, we hope to educate attendees, especially parents of children participating in school athletics programs, that physicians and athletic trainers are dedicated to doing everything they can to keep their student athletes safe on and off the field,” Wilkerson said.