The 2014 Symposium, "The State of Concussions: Protecting Athletes through Advances in Law, Public Health, and Science," facilitates an interdisciplinary discussion on the effects and consequences of concussions in professional, collegiate, amateur, and recreational sports. With this important and timely event, JBTL brings together scholars, practitioners, medical professionals, legislators, and other interested parties to explore a wide range of topics that highlight the complex issues related to concussions in sports.

The symposium was presented in collaboration with the Business Law Program, the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Association, the Business Law Society, the Maryland Intellectual Property Student Association, and the Maryland Journals Association. Support for the symposium was received, in part, from The Miles & Stockbridge Lowell R. Bowen Fund for Excellence.


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Friday, March 7th
8:30 AM

Heads Up: Revising Concepts of Brain Trauma and Sport Related Head Injury

Alan I. Faden, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Panel 1: Helmet Design & Technology

Brooke de Lench,
Greg Merril, Brain Sentry
Steve Pachman, Montgomery McCracken

9:00 AM - 10:34 AM

10:45 AM

Panel 2: Returning to Play, Baseline Assessment & Cost Management

Kerri Lowrey, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Public Health Law Network, Eastern Region
Kevin Crutchfield, Lifebridge Health, Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute
Dionne Koller, University of Baltimore School of Law

10:45 AM - 12:25 PM

1:40 PM

Breakout Session 1: Concussions as a Function of Age & Gender

Gerard A. Gioia, National Medical Center, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program
Andrew Lincoln, Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Health Research Institute
Patricia C. Dischinger, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session 2: Local Perspectives on the Concussion Issue

Ned Sparks, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association
Josh Greenfield

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session 3: Personal Experiences from Athletes and their Families - Eleanor Perfetto

Eleanor Perfetto, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session 4: Personal Experiences from Athletes and their Families: Sylvia Mackey

Sylvia Mackey

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Breakout Session 5: Personal Experiences from Athletes and their Families: Colin Cloherty

Colin Cloherty

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

3:00 PM

Panel 3: Legal Issues Surrounding Concussions

Cy Smith, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
Gary Roberts, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J. Russell VerSteeg, New England School of Law
John Culhane, Widener University School of Law

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM