Conference Background and Mission

The Pac 12 Student-Athlete Health Conference (SAHC) is a comprehensive educational and business meeting aimed at collaboration amongst the sports medicine teams and growth within the Pac 12 conference. The meeting functions to provide the Pac 12 Conference with expert opinion and advice on all issues related to the health and safety of its student‐athletes, and to provide a forum for education, research and cooperation for its sports medicine members.

The meeting has expanded to approximately 150 attendees from around the conference. These include the Head Team Physicians for Orthopedics and Family Medicine, Head Athletic Trainers, Senior Women’s Athletic Trainers, Head Football Athletic Trainers, Sports Dietitians, Mental Health Professionals, Athletic Directors, and Faculty Athletic Representatives. In addition, there will be research teams presenting projects from across the Pac-12 and administrators from the Pac-12 office.

For more information on the Pac 12 Health and Well Being Initiative, click here

Grant Awarded Research Projects

PI: Dr. Kenneth Hunt
University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. David Camarillo
Co-PIs: Dr. Gerald Grant (Stanford), Dr. Michael Zenith (Stanford), Dr. Charles Liu (USC)
Stanford University collaborating with University of Southern California
PIs: Dr. Kim Harmon, Dr. Emily Kroshus and Dr. Sara Chrisman
Co-PI: Dr. Ann Glang (UO)
University of Washington collaborating with Seattle Children’s Research Institute, University of Oregon and University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. Marc Norcross
Co-PIs: Dr. Samuel Johnson (OSU) and Dr. Christopher Scaffidi (OSU)
Oregon State University collaborating with Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Washington
PI: Dr. Andrew Anderson
Co-PIs: Dr. Ken “Bo” Foreman, Dr. Stepehen Aoki and Dr. Travis Maak
University of Utah
PIs: Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten
Oregon State University
PI: Dr. George Brooks
Co-PI: Dr. Daniela Kaufer
University of California, Berkeley
PI: Dr. Michael Hahn
Co-PIs: Dr. Scott Delp, Dr. Rodger Kram, Dr. Alena Grabowski, Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray, Dr. Lorraine Turcotte, Dr. Brent Liu, Dr. Kormelia Kulig
University of Oregon collaborating with University of Colorado, University of Southern California & Stanford University
PI: Dr. Christopher Kweon
Co-PIs: Dr. Albert Gee & Dr. Scott Telfer
University of Washington
PI: Dr. Doug Aukerman and the Pac-12 Brain Trauma Task Force
The Pac-12 Concussion Coordinating Unit – Project Director: Dr. Matthew McQueen, Co-PI: Dr. Theresa Hernandez
PI: Dr. Matthew McQueen
Co-PIs: Dr. Theresa Hernandez, Dr. William Byrnes & Dr. Ken Wright
University of Colorado
PIs: Dr. Kim Harmon & Dr. Emily Kroshus
Co-PIs: Dr. Sara Chrisman (UW) & Dr. Ann Glang (UO)
University of Washington collaborating with University of Oregon
PI: Dr. Michael Fredericson
Co-PI: Dr. Aurelia Nattiv (UCLA)
Stanford University collaborating with University of California, Los Angeles
PI: Dr. Kim Harmon
Co-PIs: Dr. Jonathan Drezner, Dr. David Owens & Dr. Jordan Prutkin
University of Washington collaborating with all Pac-12 schools
PI: Dr. Craig Heller
Co-PI: Dr. Dennis Grahn
Stanford University
PI: Dr. Deborah Yurgelun-Tood
Co-PIs: Dr. Charlie Hicks-Little, Dr. Perry Renshaw, Dr. Erin McGlade & Dr. Andrew Prescot
University of Utah
PI: Dr. Marc Norcross
Co-PIs: Dr. Samuel Johnson & Dr. Viktor Bovbjerg
Oregon State University

SPEAKERS

DAYS

MEMBER SCHOOLS

GRANT AWARD DOLLARS

Invited Speakers for 2019

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LaTisha L. Bader, Ph.D., LP, LAC, CC-AASP

Clinical Director, Denver Women's Recovery Center

Dr. Bader enthusiastically joined the DWR team the first of October 2017. She brings with her a breadth of knowledge and a va

    Dr. L Kenneth Chew

    Director, Indiana State University Counseling Center

    Dr. Chew has been the Director of the ISU Student Counseling Center since 2007. In addition to his administrative functions a

      Ben Cort

      Advocate for Marijuana Policy, Addiction, Prevention, and Recovery

      Ben’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/1

        Woodie Dixon

        Pac-12 General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs

        Woodie H. Dixon, Jr. is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for the Pac-12 Conference. He

          Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS

          Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center & President of the Brain Trauma Foundation

          Jamshid Ghajar MD, PhD, FACS, is a board certified neurosurgeon, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of the Stanford

            Kerry Gordon, ATC

            Senior Head Therapist, Performance Medicine at Cirque du Soleil

            Kerry Gordon is the Senior Head Therapist, Performance Medicine for Resident Shows at Cirque du Soleil. Her previous work inc

              Andy Guard, PhD

              US Soccer Men's Youth Team Sport Scientist

              Andy has worked as a sport scientist for the US Soccer Federation for the past three years. He began his career as an applied

                Sharon Hame, MD

                Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery; Director of Orthopaedic Medical Student Education, Division of Sports Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Associate Team Physician, UCLA Athletics

                Dr. Sharon Hame is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. She has been o

                  Stan Herring, MD

                  Senior Medical Advisor; UW Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute

                  Stanley A. Herring, M.D., is Senior Medical Advisor and Co-Founder of the UW Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute, medic

                    C. Dirk Keene, MD, PhD

                    Associate Professor, University of Washington Service Leader of Neuropathology, Director of Neuropathology Fellowship Program

                    Keene received his education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology) and the University o

                      Phil Lewis, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

                      Director of Sports Nutrtion, University of Arizona

                        John Parsons, PhD, AT, ATC

                        Managing Director, NCAA Sport Science Institute

                        John Parsons, a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer, is the Managing Director of the NCAA Sport Science

                          Meeta Singh, MD

                          Medical Director, Henry Ford Sleep Laboratory

                          Dr Meeta Singh is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “Coaching the sleep muscle” to help maximize performa

                            Gary Solomon, PhD, FACPN

                            Professor of Neurological Surgery Co-Director, Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center Department of Neurological Surgery

                            As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Solomon specializes in assessment and sports concussion treatment. He is the Team Neurop

                              Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC

                              Senior Director of Practice Innovation & Analytics; ATI Physical Therapy

                              Dr. Thigpen is Senior Director for Practice Innovation and Analytics for ATI and Director of Observational Clinical Research

                                Jeremy Vail, PT, ATC

                                Director of Rehabilitation, UCLA Athletics

                                  Andrea Vanderwoude, MS, RD

                                  Sports Dietitian, USC Athletics

                                  Andrea joined USC athletics in August 2015 and serves as the Director for Football Sports Nutrition. She is responsible for d

                                    Ema Thake, MS, RD, CSSD

                                    Director of Sports Nutrition, University of Washington

                                    Entering her third year as the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Washington and the Seattle Reign. She earned

                                      Clint Wattenberg, RD

                                      Director of Nutrition, UFC

                                      Clint Wattenberg comes to the UFC after spending 19 years at Cornell University as a student athlete (wrestling), Assistant W

                                        Schedule

                                        Our 3-Day Agenda of Conference Events

                                        8:00 AM
                                        Student-Athlete Health and Well Being Board Meeting
                                        12:00 PM
                                        LUNCH for Board Members

                                        Continuation of morning board meeting to complete agenda items.  Max duration – 2hrs

                                        • Brain Trauma Task Force 
                                        • Grant Review Committee 
                                        • SIRMAP 
                                        • Mental Health Task Force
                                        8:00 PM
                                        WELCOME RECEPTION presented by Game On Mouthguards
                                        6:45-7:45 AM
                                        BREAKFAST in Sponsor Lounge

                                        7:45am Tandi Hawkey: Welcome Address & Announcements

                                        7:50am Woodie Dixon: Pac 12 State of the Union Address

                                        Tandi Hawkey (UCLA) & Woodie Dixon (Pac 12)
                                        8:00 AM
                                        Keynote Speaker
                                        John Parsons, Managing Director NCAA Sport Science Institute

                                        Student-Athlete Health and Well Being Board – Kim Harmon, MD (UW)

                                        Brain Trauma Task Force – Doug Aukerman, MD (OSU)

                                        Grant Committee – Dan Nordquist (WSU), Lynn Fister MA, CPA (Pac 12)

                                        Mental Health Task Force – Amy Athey, PhD (UA)

                                        10:20 AM
                                        BREAK in Sponsor Lounge
                                        • Orthopedic Physicians
                                        • Primary Care/Sports Medicine Physicians
                                        • Athletic Trainers
                                        • Mental Health Professionals
                                        • Dietitians
                                        12:30 PM
                                        LUNCH in Sponsor Lounge, Presented by SyncThink
                                        1:25 PM
                                        Vendor Presentation, Halo Neuroscience

                                        1:30pm Gary Solomon, MD
                                        1:55pm Stan Herring, MD
                                        2:20pm Dirk Keene, MD
                                        2:45pm Questions and Discussion

                                        Moderator: Sunday Henry, MD (WSU)
                                        3:15 PM
                                        BREAK in Sponsor Lounge

                                        Room 1: “Utilization of Load Tracking” Andy Guard, PhD, Sport Scientist, US Soccer

                                        Room 2: Throwing Shoulder

                                        Room 3: “Sports Medicine Team Collaboration at UFC Training Center & Nutrition Management for Weight Cutting Sports” Clint Wattenberg, RD

                                        Moderator: Tandi Hawkey MA, ATC (UCLA)

                                        4:15pm “SIRMAP Project Updates” Masa Teramoto (Pac 12)

                                        4:35pm “Pac 12 and NCAA Collaboration-CARE (Concussion Assessment Research & Education) Consortium Data Collection: Establishing a Research Infrastructure and Framework” & Pac 12 Equipment Grant Implementation, Doug Aukerman, MD (OSU) Matthew McQueen, ScD (CU) Theresa Hernandez (CU) Adam Bohr (CU)

                                        4:45pm “Cardiovascular Screening in the Pac 12 Conference: Establishing Best Practices” Kim Harmon, MD (UW)

                                        Moderator: Lynn Fister
                                        5:00 PM
                                        Vendor Open House/Happy Hour

                                        Orthopedic/Athletic Training Moderator:

                                        Primary Care/Mental Health/Dietitian Moderator:

                                        SIRMAP/CAP Moderator:

                                        7:30 PM
                                        DINNER presented by DonJoy
                                        6:45-7:45 AM
                                        BREAKFAST in Sponsor Lounge

                                        7:45am “Thermal Management for Athletes: Problems and Opportunities” Craig Heller (Stanford)

                                        8:00am “Head Trauma: Pac 12 Student-Athlete Project on Developing Coach Education” Emily Kroshus & Sara Chrisman (UW)

                                        8:15am “NCAA for the Mind Matters Challenge Project: An Intervention to Promote Immediacy in Concussion Reporting” Steve Corman (ASU)

                                        Moderator: Dan Nordquist (WSU)
                                        BREAK

                                        Room One
                                        8:40am “Sleep and Sports Performance” Meeta Sing, MD
                                        9:10am “Injury Monitoring and Load Management at Cirque de Soleil” Kerry Gordon, ATC, Senior Head Therapist, RSD
                                        9:40am “Early Sports Specialization” Sharon Hame, MD (UCLA)
                                        10:10am “SyncThink Clinical Findings and Interpretations” Jam Ghajar, MD (Stanford)

                                        Room Two
                                        8:40am “Fish Oils” Andrea Vanderwoude, RD (USC)
                                        9:10am “The Science Behind Mindfulness” Dylan Firsick, PhD (USC)
                                        9:40am “Headspace Panel” Doug Aukerman, MD (OSU) Fernando Frias, PhD (OSU) Mark Pocinich, ATC (UCLA)
                                        10:10am “Probiotics: Indications for Use & Evidence-Based Recommendations” Phil Lewis, RD (UA)

                                        Room Three
                                        8:40am “Current Practices of Return to Sport Testing” Jeremy Vail, PT, ATC (UCLA)
                                        9:10am Surgical Management of SLAP Tears
                                        9:40am “Conservative Management of SLAP Tears” Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC (60 min)

                                        Surgical Management: Ken Hunt, MD (CU)
                                        Non-Operative Management: TBD, MD
                                        Rehabilitation Considerations: TBD, ATC
                                        Nutrition Interventions: Ema Thake, RD

                                        • Orthopedic Physicians
                                        • Primary Care/Sports Medicine Physicians
                                        • Athletic Trainers
                                        • Mental Health Professionals
                                        • Dietitians

                                         

                                        • Orthopedic Physicians
                                        • Primary Care/Sports Medicine Physicians
                                        • Athletic Trainers
                                        • Mental Health Professionals
                                        • Dietitians
                                        Tandi Hawkey, ATC (UCLA)
                                        12:30 PM
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                                        Committee Members

                                        Pac 12 Student Athlete Health Conference Planning Committee

                                        Tandi Hawkey, MA, ATC, CSCS

                                        Associate Athletic Trainer, UCLA (Chair)

                                        Tandi Hawkey has been practicing as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from

                                        Michael Dillon, MS, ATC

                                        Senior Associate Athletic Trainer, University of Washington

                                        Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from University of the Pacific in 1999 and Master of Science in Ki

                                        Kim Harmon, MD

                                        Football Head Team Physician, University of Washington

                                        Dr. Harmon is the Chair of the Pac-12 Student Athlete Health and Well-Being Board and the Head Football Physician at the Univ

                                          Ema Thake, MS, RD, CSSD

                                          Director of Sports Nutrition, University of Washington

                                          Entering her third year as the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Washington and the Seattle Reign. She earned

                                            Catherine Hill, MS, ATC

                                            Associate Athletic Trainer, University of Souther California

                                            Catherine Hill is in her 11th year working at the University of Southern California as an Associate Athletic Trainer. She ca

                                            Albert O. Gee M.D.

                                            Orthopedic Team Physician, University of Washington

                                            Albert O. Gee, M.D., is a sports medicine surgeon specializing in the care of the injured athlete. He attended medical sch

                                              SUNDAY HENRY, MD

                                              Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Director of Athletic Medicine Washington State University

                                              Sunday Henry is originally from Nezperce, Idaho. She received her Bachelor of Science from University of Idaho and her Medi

                                              Robin Scholefield, PhD

                                              Coordinator of Clinical & Sport Psychology Services, University of Southern California

                                              Dr. Robin Scholefield has provided counseling to individual student athletes, groups, teams as well as conjoint sessions for

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