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





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

    L. Kenneth Chew, PhD

    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

          Jason Dragoo, MD

          Head Team Physician, Stanford Football

          Jason L. Dragoo, MD is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He specializes in Sports and Reg

            Kostas Economopoulos, MD

            Orthopedic Surgery Consultant, Arizona State University Athletics 

            Dr. Economopoulos is fellowship trained in sports medicine, knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopy. He is a team orthopaedic cons

              Dylan Firsick, PhD

              Licensed Clinical & Sport Psychologist, USC Athletics

              Dr. Dylan Firsick is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist in the athletics department at the University of Southern Cal

                Seth Gamradt, MD

                Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Orthopaedic Athletic Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Team Physician, USC Trojans

                Dr. Seth Gamradt is a specialist in the field of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at the Keck Medical Center of USC. D

                  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

                    Patrick Greis, MD

                    Orthopedic Team Physician, University of Utah

                    Dr. Patrick Greis, Board Certified Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, joined the Department of Orthopaedics in March of 1997 a

                      Kerry Gordon, ATC

                      Senior Head Therapist, Performance Medicine at Cirque du Soleil

                      Kerry Gordon is currently the Senior Head Therapist of Professional Practice and Analytics for the Performance Medicine Depar

                        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

                          Travis Halseth, MS, ATC

                          Athletic Trainer, University of Oregon

                          Travis Halseth joined the athletic department in 2006 and is serving as the assistant athletic trainer in charge of women's l

                            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

                                Ken Hunt, MD

                                Associate Professor, Chief of Foot and Ankle; The University of Colorado School of Medicine

                                Kenneth J. Hunt, MD is Associate Professor and Chief of Foot and Ankle at The University of Colorado School of Medicine. He c

                                  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

                                    Chris Kweon, MD

                                    Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Team Physician at the University of Washington

                                    Christopher Kweon, M.D., is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at the Sports Medicine Centers at Husky Stadium and a UW as

                                      Phil Lewis, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

                                      Director of Sports Nutrtion, University of Arizona

                                      Phil Lewis joined the University of Arizona in September of 2016 and works as the Director of Sports Nutrition. Lewis oversee

                                        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

                                          Sourav Poddar, MD

                                          Medical Director, University of Colorado Athletics

                                          Dr. Poddar is a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist who is also board-certified in family medicine. He brings this

                                            Lindsay Shaffer

                                            Headspace; Head of Sports & Fitness

                                            When it comes to being dedicated to the pursuit of athletic excellence through harnessing the power of the mind, Lindsay Shaf

                                              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


                                                            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)
                                                            Lindsay Shaffer, Headspace Director of Sports & Fitness
                                                            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)

                                                            Dr. Kenneth Chew, Indiana State University
                                                            10:00 AM
                                                            BREAK in Sponsor Lounge

                                                            11:10am “The Use of Biologics in Sports Medicine” – Jason Dragoo, MD (Stan)
                                                            11:25am “What’s New in Surgical Treatment of ACL Tears” – Christopher Kweon, MD (UW)
                                                            11:40am “Current Trends and Updates: Hip Arthroscopy in Young Athletes” – Kostas Economopoulos (ASU)

                                                            Moderator: Albert Gee, MD (UW)
                                                            • Orthopedic Physicians
                                                            • Primary Care/Sports Medicine Physicians
                                                            • Athletic Trainers
                                                            • Mental Health Professionals
                                                            • Dietitians
                                                            12:35 PM
                                                            LUNCH in Sponsor Lounge, Presented by SyncThink
                                                            1:30 PM
                                                            Vendor Presentation, Halo Neuroscience

                                                            Introductions: Sunday Henry, MD (WSU)

                                                            “Setting the Stage for a Conversation About CTE” Stan Herring, MD (UW)

                                                            “Neuropathology of CTE: Where We Are, and Where We Need to Be” Dirk Keene, MD

                                                            “What We Are Told We Know About CTE, What Expert Consensus Opinions Tell Us About CTE, and the Neuropsychiatry of Life” Gary Solomon, MD (Vanderbilt)

                                                            Questions and Discussion

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

                                                            Room 1: “Athlete Monitoring & Injury Prevention in Soccer” Andy Guard, PhD, Sport Scientist, US Soccer

                                                            Room 2: “Upper Extremity Orthopedic Talk” Patrick Greis, MD (Utah)

                                                            Room 3: “Integrating Nutrition into the High Performance Team Model” Clint Wattenberg, RD, Director of Nutrition, UFC

                                                            Moderator: Tandi Hawkey MA, ATC (UCLA)

                                                            4:10pm “SIRMAP Project Updates” Masa Teramoto (Pac 12)

                                                            4:30pm “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 (Pac 12)
                                                            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
                                                            6:45-8:00 AM
                                                            BREAKFAST in Sponsor Lounge

                                                            8:00am “Thermal Management for Athletes: Problems and Opportunities” Craig Heller (Stanford)

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

                                                            Moderator: Dan Nordquist (WSU)
                                                            8:30 AM

                                                            Room One
                                                            8:40am “Omega-3s and the Collegiate Athlete – Research to Application” Andrea Vanderwoude, RD (USC)
                                                            9:10am “Mindfulness Training & Athlete Well-Being” Dylan Firsick, PhD (USC)
                                                            9:40am “Headspace Panel” Doug Aukerman, MD (OSU) Fernando Frias, PhD (OSU) Mark Pocinich, ATC (UCLA)
                                                            10:10am “Probiotics in Performance Nutrition” Phil Lewis, RD (UA)

                                                            Room Two
                                                            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 in College Athletes” Sharon Hame, MD (UCLA)
                                                            10:10am “SyncThink Clinical Findings and Interpretations” Jam Ghajar, MD (Stanford)

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

                                                            Surgical Management: Ken Hunt, MD (CU)
                                                            Non-Operative Management: Sourav Poddar, MD (CU)
                                                            Rehabilitation Considerations: Travis Halseth, ATC (UO)
                                                            Nutrition Interventions: Ema Thake, RD (UW)

                                                            • 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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