Conference Background and Mission

The Pac-12 Conference, with support from the Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Board, hosts the annual Student-Athlete Health Conference (SAHC).  The conference is a comprehensive educational and business meeting aimed at collaboration amongst the sports medicine teams and promoting professional growth with the Pac 12 conference. The meeting functions as a forum for physicians, athletic trainers, dietitians, and mental health professionals to share best practices, evaluate Pac-12 and institutional policies, and discuss various aspects of student-athlete health and wellness. The conference provides a unique opportunity for a multi-disciplinary exchange with the leaders in both research and the clinical care of competitive athletes.

The goals of the conference are to:

  • Create an environment of collaboration and networking that preserves the standing of the Pac 12 Conference as the leader of student-athlete care
  • Provide a space for representatives from each discipline to meet and discuss conference-wide trends and topics that impact each group
  • Present an educational program that exhibits current trends and research in collegiate sports medicine
  • Highlight Pac 12 funded research projects from across the conference
  • Provide designated time for Pac 12 committees to conduct business meetings

The two-day program will bring together top sports medicine clinicians and researchers from across the nation to explore important issues surrounding the health and well-being of student-athletes, present new research findings, and discuss policies and procedures that can help better treat student-athletes.

Institutional sports medicine professionals as well as athletic directors, faculty athletic representatives, research teams and Pac 12 administrators are encouraged to attend.

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

Grant Awarded Research Projects

PI: The Student Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative Board and the Pac-12 Mental Health Task Force
Project Director: Dr. Daniel Taylor, Project Team: Dr. Alex Auerbach, Dr. Michael Grandner & Dr. John Ruiz
University of Arizona
Co PIs: Dr. Mark D’Esposito (CAL) and Dr. Cathra Halabi (UCSF)
Co-PIs: Dr. Ben Inglis (UCSF) and Dr. Wade Smith (UCSF)
University of California, Berkeley collaborating with University of California, San Francisco
PI: Dr. Cathleen Crowell
Co-PI: Dr. Viktor Bovbjerg
Oregon State University
PI: Dr. Daniel Cushman
Co-PIs: Dr. Masa Teramoto (Utah), Dr. David Petron (Utah), Dr. Amy Powell (Utah), Dr. Sarah Eby (Utah), Dr. Justin Rigby (Utah), Dr. Michael Fredericson (Stanford), Dr. Blake Corcoran (WSU) and Dr. Leyen Vu (WSU)
University of Utah collaborating with Stanford University and Washington State University
PI: Dr. Theresa Hernandez
Co-PI: Dr. Adam Bohr
University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. Christopher Yakacki
Co-PIs: Dr. Peter Jenkins, Dr. R. Dana Carpenter, Dr. Kai Yu, Dr. Sourav Poddar
University of Colorado, Boulder & Denver
PIs: Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown
Co-PIs: Dr. Jamshid Ghajar (Stanford), Dr. Masa Teramoto (Utah), Dr. Matthew McQueen (Colorado), Dr. Douglas Aukerman (OSU), Dr. Kimberly Harmon (UW), Dr. David Petron (Utah), Dr. Sourav Poddar (Colorado) and Russ Romano (USC)
Stanford University collaborating with the University of Colorado, Oregon State University, University of Southern California, University of Utah and University of Washington
PI: Dr. Lori Michener
Co-PIs: Dr. Andrew Karduna (UO) and Dr. Roksana Karim (USC)
University of Southern California collaborating with the University of Oregon and University of California, Los Angeles
PI: Dr. Peter Fino and Dr. Lee Dibble
Co-PIs: Dr. Daniel Cushman, Dr. Nicholas Monson, Dr. Angela Presson
University of Utah
PIs: Dr. James Martin
University of Utah
PIs: Dr. Christopher Barry
Co-PIs: Dr. Kelli Moran-Miller (Stanford)
Washington State University collaborating with Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington
PI: Dr. Kenneth Hunt
University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. David Camarillo
Co-PIs: Dr. Gerald Grant (Stanford), Dr. Michael Zeineh (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 & Dr. Adam Bohr
PI: Dr. William Byrnes
Co-PIs: Dr. Theresa Hernandez & 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 2021

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Amber Cargill, PsyD

Director of Players Wellness, NFL Players Association

Dr. Amber Cargill is the Director of Player Wellness at the NFL Players Association. In her role, she ensures all active pl

    Maggy Carlyle

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

    Maggy Carlyle is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for the Pac-12 Conference. Ms. Carlyle

      Ernie Conwell

      Player Director, NFLPA

      Ernie Conwell is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams i

        Cody Criss

        Doctoral Student, Ohio University

        Cody Criss is a medical-doctoral student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is currently doing his doctoral work at the O

          Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD

          Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, UCLA Health

          Dr. de St. Maurice is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and leads the Pediatric Inf

            John DiFiori, MD

            Medical Director - NBA, Chief of the Primary Sports Medicine Service and Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery

            Dr. John DiFiori is Chief of the Primary Sports Medicine Service and Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. At

              Kenny Donaldson, PhD

              Associate Athletic Director, Sports & Administration; UCLA Athletics

              Dr. Kenny Donaldson returns to the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics after serving as the Academic Coordinator for

                Rick Ferkel, MD

                Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UCLA Health

                Dr. Ferkel grew up in Illinois and attended UCLA where he played football for two years. Subsequently, he graduated from Nort

                  Jonathan Finnoff, MD

                  Chief Medical Officer, US Olympic and Paralympic Committee

                  With more than two decades of experience in medical treatment of sports injuries, Finnoff joined the USOPC in January 2020 af

                    Dylan Firsick, PhD

                    Clinical Sport Psychologist, University of Southern California

                    Dylan Firsick, PhD, is a clinical sport psychologist for USC Athletics, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiat

                      Hugh Gelabert, MD

                      Director, Santa Monica/UCLA Cardiovascular Services

                      Dr. Hugh A. Gelabert is a vascular surgeon in Los Angeles, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area,

                        Joshua Goldman, MD

                        Assistant Team Physician, UCLA Athletics; Assistant Professor, Departments of Family Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine

                          Cathy Goldstein, MD, MS

                          Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center

                          Dr. Goldstein is faculty in the Sleep Disorders Center where she evaluates and treats patients with various conditions such a

                            Michael Grandner, PhD

                            Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program; University of Arizona

                            Dr. Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, Director of the Behaviora

                              Kristen Gravani, RD

                              Director of Sports Nutrition, Stanford Athletics

                              Kristen Gravani joined Stanford University as the Director of Sports Nutrition in 2015. In her current role, as Director of

                                Brian Hainline, MD

                                NCAA Chief Medical Officer & Sport Science Institute Senior Vice President

                                Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As the NCAA’s first Chief M

                                  Sharon Hame, MD

                                  Associate Team Physician, UCLA Athletics; Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, UCLA Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery

                                  Dr. Hame is a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery in the UCLA Deparment of Orthopaedic Surgery. She also is an Associat

                                    Kim Harmon, MD

                                    Team Physician, University of Washington; Pac 12 SAHWBI Research Development Director

                                    Dr. Harmon is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. She grew up

                                      Calvin Hwang, MD

                                      Team Physician, Stanford University; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

                                      Dr. Hwang is a board-certified, fellowship-trained emergency medicine physician who specializes in primary care sports medici

                                        Debbie Iwasaki, MSPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

                                        Physical Therapist, Stanford University

                                        Debbie joined the Stanford Sports Medicine department as a staff physical therapist in January 2014. She has a strong backgro

                                          Melinda Kirschner, PhD

                                          UCLA Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health Program

                                          Dr. Kirschner received her B.A. from Georgetown University and obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of

                                            Tad Kremen, MD

                                            Assistant Team Physician, UCLA Athletics; Visiting Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery

                                            As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Thomas J. Kremen, MD has devoted his career to helpin

                                              Shanyn Lancaster, MD

                                              Head Team Physician & Chief of Sports Medicine, Arizona State University

                                              Board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, Shanyn C. Lancaster, MD, provides comprehensive care to patients of a

                                                Sarah Lyons, MS, ATC, PES

                                                Associate Athletic Trainer, Stanford Athletics

                                                Sarah Lyons, MS, ATC, PES has been a staff athletic trainer at Stanford since 2013 and recently promoted to the position of A

                                                  Beth Miller, RD

                                                  Director of Sports Nutrition, Duke University

                                                  Beth Miller joined the Duke Athletics staff in May, 2017 and serves as the Director of Sports Nutrition. In this role, she i

                                                    Kelli Moran-Miller, PhD

                                                    Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

                                                    Dr. Kelli Moran-Miller is a licensed psychologist specializing in athlete mental health and sport and performance psychology.

                                                      Mark Paterno, PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, ATC

                                                      Professor & Physical Therapist, Cincinnatti Children's Hospital Medicine Center

                                                      Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, is a physical therapist and a Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center i

                                                        Doug Polster, PhD

                                                        Clinical Instructor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

                                                        Dr. Polster is originally from New Jersey and earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Mar

                                                          Julie Rousseau, PhD

                                                          Chair of USC Athletics Black Lives Matter Action Team at University of Southern California; USC Adjunct Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies

                                                          Former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Dr. Julie Rousseau, who has more than 25 years of coaching experience and now serves as

                                                            Jeni Shannon, PhD

                                                            Director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program

                                                            Dr. Jeni Shannon serves as the Director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program (AMP). She

                                                              Seth Sherman, MD

                                                              Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

                                                              Dr. Seth Sherman is a third-generation team physician and surgeon. He is board certified and fellowship trained in Sports Med

                                                                Allen Sills, MD

                                                                Chief Medical Officer, National Football League

                                                                NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell named Dr. Allen Sills as the NFL's Chief Medical Officer (CMO), in March of 2017. Dr. Sills

                                                                  Susan Sigward, PT, ATC, PhD

                                                                  Associate Professor Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy University of Southern California

                                                                  Susan Sigward, PT, ATC, PhD is an Associate Professor Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy University of Southern Ca

                                                                    Kweku Smith, PhD

                                                                    Senior Psychologist, Clinical and Sport Psychology Services, University of Wisconsin

                                                                    Dr. Ramel “Kweku” Smith, PhD, LP was hired as Senior Psychologist in the Clinical and Sport Psychology Services in Septem

                                                                      Sankar Swaminathan, MD

                                                                      Chief of Infectious Diseases, Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Utah

                                                                      Sankar Swaminathan, MD has specialized expertise in the treatment of infectious diseases. He is board certified in Internal M

                                                                        John Swartzberg, MD

                                                                        Clinical Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, University of California Berkeley

                                                                        John Swartzberg, MD, is a clinical professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, chairs the editorial board

                                                                          Ema Thake, RD

                                                                          Director of Performance Nutrition, University of Washington

                                                                            Tim Uyeki, MD

                                                                            Chief Medical Officer for the Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Clinical Team for COVID-19 Response

                                                                            Dr. Tim Uyeki is Chief Medical Officer for the Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,

                                                                              Schedule

                                                                              Our 3-Day Agenda of Conference Events

                                                                              times to be determined by committee leadership
                                                                              Pre-Conference Meetings

                                                                              Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Board
                                                                              Brain Trauma Task Force
                                                                              Grant Review Committee
                                                                              Health Analytics Program Committee
                                                                              Mental Health Task Force
                                                                              Athletic Training Considerations Committee

                                                                              8:00 AM
                                                                              Welcome Address

                                                                              8:00am Tandi Hawkey: Welcome Address & Announcements
                                                                              8:05am Maggy Carlyle: Pac 12 State of the Union Address

                                                                              Tandi Hawkey & Maggy Carlyle (Pac 12)
                                                                              Brian Hainline, MD; NCAA Chief Medical Officer

                                                                              Session 1: COVID-19 Current Updates and Outlooks

                                                                              Panel: Pandemic and Infectious Disease Experts

                                                                              Tim Uyeki, MD – CDC CMO for Influenza, CDC COVID-19 Clinical Team
                                                                              Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD – UCLA Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer
                                                                              Sankar Swaminathan, MD – U of Utah Chief of Infectious Diseases
                                                                              John Swartzberg, MD – Cal Clinical Professor Emeritus, Division of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology

                                                                              Moderator: Joshua Goldman, MD (UCLA)
                                                                              10:00 AM
                                                                              BREAK
                                                                              10:10 AM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: DJO Global
                                                                              10:15 AM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: Andover by Milliken

                                                                              Session 2: COVID-19 Outlook, Logistics, and Programming Across Professional and Olympic Sports

                                                                              Panel: Medical Personnel from National & Professional Leagues and Organizations

                                                                              John DiFiori, MD – Medical Director, NBA
                                                                              Jonathan Finnoff – Medical Director, USOPC
                                                                              Ernie Conwell, Player Director; NFL Player’s Association
                                                                              Alan Sills, MD; Chief Medical Officer, NFL

                                                                              Moderator: Kim Harmon, MD (UW)

                                                                              Session 3: Impacts of COVID-19 on Athlete Mental Health & Well-Being

                                                                              Panel: Mental Health Professionals

                                                                              Dylan Firsick, PhD; Clinical Psychologist, University of Southern California Athletics

                                                                              Amber Cargill, PhD; Sports Psychologist & Director of Player Wellness, NFL Players Association

                                                                              Jeni Shannon, PhD; Director, Carolina Athletics Mental Health & Performance Psychology Program, University of North Carolina

                                                                              Moderator: Melinda Kirschner, PhD (UCLA)
                                                                              12:10 PM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: SafeSite
                                                                              12:15 PM
                                                                              LUNCH
                                                                              12:50 PM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: Hyperice
                                                                              12:55 PM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: Riddell

                                                                              Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Board – Doug Aukerman, MD (OSU)
                                                                              Grants Committee – Dan Nordquist (WSU), Lynn Fister MA, CPA (Pac 12)
                                                                              SAHWBI Research Development Director – Kim Harmon, MD (UW)

                                                                              1:40 PM
                                                                              Title: Injury Surveillance: Scaling Up Student-Athlete Exposure Tracking Using PacTrac
                                                                              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

                                                                              Project Summary: After a prior grant project developed PacTrac, a web-based application system that allows athletic trainers (ATs) to capture detailed athletic exposures to evaluate injury rate data, it was determined that the level of detail in which exposure is reported can influence injury rate estimates, and that the feasibility of collecting the most detail exposure information varied across AT staffing, sport and schools. The objectives of the proposal are to scale PacTrac for use conference-wide, engage stakeholders to develop conference-wide minimum exposure reporting standards for each sport, and assess the implementation feasibility of those standards using PacTrac. Upon completion, the project will provide the Conference and its member schools with the flexible exposure reporting system needed to harness the full potential of the Pac-12’s Sports Injury Registry Management and Analytics Program (SIRMAP) to support local and conference-wide improvements in student-athlete health and wellness.

                                                                              1:55 PM
                                                                              Title: Overuse Injuries/Injury Prevention: A Prospective Study to Improve Bone Health and Reduce Incidence of Bone Stress Injuries in
                                                                              Pac-12 Female Distance Runners
                                                                              PI: Dr. Michael Fredericson
                                                                              Co-PI: Dr. Aurelia Nattiv (UCLA)
                                                                              Stanford University collaborating with University of California, Los Angeles
                                                                              Project Summary: The primary objective of this project is to improve the health of female collegiate distance runners, reduce the incidence and severity of bone stress injuries, and shorten recovery time. This will be accomplished with an active nutrition education program emphasizing the achievement of positive energy balance measured by increasing energy intake and/or reducing exercise energy expenditure.

                                                                              Moderator: Lynn Fister (Pac 12)

                                                                              2:10pm “Augmented ACL Reconstruction: Results and a Case Example” Tad Kremen, MD (UCLA)

                                                                              2:35pm “Second ACL Injury Risk Prediction and Mitigation: Current Evidence and Clinical Applications” Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, ATC (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)

                                                                              Tad Kremen, MD; Mark Paterno, PT
                                                                              3:00 PM
                                                                              BREAK
                                                                              3:10 PM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: Flexion Therapeutics

                                                                              3:15pm “Learned Non-Use Following ACL Reconstruction” Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC (USC)
                                                                              3:40pm “Neuroplasticity After Injury: Strategies to Enhance Neuromuscular Control” Cody Criss (Ohio University)

                                                                              Susan Sigward, PhD; Cody Criss

                                                                              4:05pm “Stress Reactions and Stress Fractures in the Foot” Rick Ferkel, MD (UCLA)

                                                                              4:25pm “Cartilage Restoration Surgery in Athletes” Seth Sherman, MD (Stanford)

                                                                              Moderator: Tad Kremen, MD

                                                                              4:45pm Ankle Nerve Impairment — Sarah Lyons, ATC (Stanford)

                                                                              4:55pm Femoral Acetabular Impingement – Sharon Hame, MD (UCLA)

                                                                              8:00 AM
                                                                              Sponsor Presnetation: Hydroworx

                                                                              Brain Trauma Task Force – Sourav Poddar, MD (CU)

                                                                              Mental Health Task Force – Shanyn Lancaster, MD (ASU)

                                                                              8:40am
                                                                              Title: Mental Health: #DamWorthIt Campaign
                                                                              PIs: Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten
                                                                              Oregon State University

                                                                              Project Summary: The #DamWorthIt Campaign, which was launched at Oregon State University in 2018, has a mission statement of utilizing the influential platform of sport to open the conversation around mental health in collegiate athletics, ending the stigma to make every team, every sport, and every student-athlete know that they are #DamWorthIt! The #DamWorthIt Campaign is designed to be a comprehensive program that will work to end the stigma around mental health through three pillars: education, resources and awareness/comfort. The #DamWorthIt Campaign aims to normalize, destigmatize and spread awareness about the epidemic of mental health in collegiate athletics through these three distinct pillars. The focus of this grant project is to expand the #DamWorthIt program throughout Pac-12 Conference Athletic Departments and Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.

                                                                              8:50am
                                                                              Title: Mental Health and Head Trauma: Brain Health in Male and Female Basketball Student-Athletes at the University of Utah
                                                                              PI: Dr. Deborah Yurgelun-Tood
                                                                              Co-PIs: Dr. Charlie Hicks-Little, Dr. Perry Renshaw, Dr. Erin McGlade & Dr. Andrew Prescot
                                                                              University of Utah
                                                                              Project Summary: There is a need to better define the neurobiological, cognitive, and behavior changes in competitive athletes prone to head injury both pre- and post-injury. The aim of this study is to assess the association between concussive symptoms, mood states, cognitive performance, and brain changes in female and male basketball student-athletes and football student-athletes.

                                                                              9:00am
                                                                              Title: Head Trauma: Roles of Nutritive Support and Supplementation
                                                                              PI: Dr. George Brooks
                                                                              Co-PI: Dr. Daniela Kaufer
                                                                              University of California, Berkeley
                                                                              Project Summary: Studies have shown that the brain uses lactate as a fuel source when available. Studies have also shown that patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often undernourished, meaning the brain has less fuel sources to use for healing. The goal of this project is to determine whether or not supplementation with lactate on the background of adequate nutrition will improve TBI recovery by giving the brain an extra fuel source. This will be accomplished through a series of studies on laboratory rats, where rats with mild TBIs that mimic concussions will be given standard of care (inadequate) nutrition, adequate nutrition, and adequate nutrition plus extra lactate. Brain healing will be assessed to see if appropriate nutrition with and without lactate supplementation improves recovery time and outcomes.

                                                                              Moderator: Dan Nordquist (WSU)

                                                                              9:10am Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Treated With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — Doug Polster, PhD (UCLA)

                                                                              9:30am Mental Health Considerations in Athletic Participation: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach — Kelly Moran-Miller, PhD (Stanford)

                                                                              “Sleep and the Student-Athlete”

                                                                              Michael Grandner, PhD Director, Sleep & Health Research Program (U of Arizona)

                                                                              Cathy Goldstein, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology (U of Michigan)

                                                                              Dr. Michael Grandner (UA) & Dr. Cathy Goldstein (UM)
                                                                              10:10 AM
                                                                              BREAK

                                                                              10:40am
                                                                              Title: Health and Wellness: Assessing Student-Athlete Health and Performance
                                                                              PI: Dr. William Byrnes
                                                                              Co-PIs: Dr. Theresa Hernandez & Dr. Ken Wright
                                                                              University of Colorado

                                                                              Project Summary: The overall aim of our Pac 12 funded protocol was to identify important indicators of student-athlete health and wellness, as well as implement and disseminate important ‘best practices’ for sustainable student-athlete training and performance. To accomplish this aim we assembled a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in sports medicine, neuroscience, epidemiology, sleep physiology & exercise physiology spanning the athletic and academic environments at the University of Colorado Boulder. The outcome of this effort has been a series of projects utilizing approaches from each discipline examining health/well-being using survey tools, athlete sleep behaviors, athlete blood volume parameters and issues related to iron homeostasis.

                                                                              10:55am Non-Operative Care – Shanyn Lancaster, MD (ASU)
                                                                              11:15am Operative Care – Hugh Gelabert, MD (UCLA)
                                                                              11:35am Rehabilitation Considerations – Deb Iwasaki, PT, ATC (Stanford)
                                                                              11:55am Nutritional Considerations – Beth Miller, RD (Duke)

                                                                              Moderator: Tandi Hawkey, ATC
                                                                              12:15 PM
                                                                              LUNCH
                                                                              12:45 PM
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: SamSport
                                                                              12:55pm
                                                                              Sponsor Presentation: Cutler Wellness Programs

                                                                              1:00pm
                                                                              Title: Pac-12 and NCAA Collaboration – Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium Data Collection: Establishing a Research Infrastructure and Framework
                                                                              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 & Dr. Adam Bohr

                                                                              Project Summary: This project, co-funded by the NCAA, will create the first full-conference regional research hub of the landmark CARE Consortium. The Consortium is funded by a partnership of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System and the NCAA, and is a multi-site, longitudinal investigation of concussion and repetitive head impacts in NCAA athletes and military service academy cadets that addresses major gaps in the understanding of concussion. Through this project, each Pac-12 institution will be able to collect neurocognitive and neurobehavioral data on athletes at baseline, at the time a concussion occurs, and then at multiple time-points over the course of the year following an injury.

                                                                              1:15pm
                                                                              Title: Strengthening Concussion Education by Engaging Medical Staff: Continued Program Development and Evaluation
                                                                              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

                                                                              Project Summary: Expanding on a previous grant project (Pac-12 Student-Athlete Project on Developing Coach Education that led to the development of a web-based concussion training platform (www.GoHuddle.net), this study aims to 1) evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of the platform, and 2) enhance the impact of the platform through a preseason meeting between coaches and medical staff about concussion. This study will use a participant-engaged approach to develop materials to support such a meeting and will conduct an evaluation of the platform and the additive impact of the preseason meeting in all interested Pac-12 institutions.

                                                                              “Efficacy of Collagen Supplementation and Potential Use Cases” – Kristen Gravani, RD (Stanford)

                                                                              Case Study: Ulcerative Colitis – Ema Thake, RD (UW)

                                                                              Kenny Donaldson, PhD – Associate Athletic Director (UCLA)

                                                                              Julie Rousseau, PhD – Chair, Black Lives Matter Action Team (USC)

                                                                              Kweku Smith, PhD – Clinical & Sport Psychologist (U of Wisconsin)

                                                                              3:00 PM
                                                                              BREAK

                                                                              a. Orthopedic Physicians
                                                                              b. Primary Care/Sports Medicine Physicians
                                                                              c. Athletic Trainers
                                                                              d. Mental Health Professionals
                                                                              e. Dietitians

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                                                                              Committee Members

                                                                              Pac 12 Student Athlete Health Conference Planning Committee

                                                                              Tandi Hawkey, MA, ATC, CSCS

                                                                              Chair, Pac 12 Student Athlete Health Conference

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

                                                                              Doug Aukerman, MD

                                                                              Chair, Pac 12 Health & Well Being Board; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Sports Medicine, Oregon State University

                                                                              Dr. Doug Aukerman joined the Oregon State University athletic staff in January of 2012 as Senior Associate Athletic Director

                                                                                Maggy Carlyle

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

                                                                                Maggy Carlyle is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for the Pac-12 Conference. Ms. Carlyle

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    Dylan Firsick, PhD

                                                                                    Clinical Sport Psychologist, University of Southern California

                                                                                    Dylan Firsick, PhD, is a clinical sport psychologist for USC Athletics, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiat

                                                                                      Lynn Fister, CPA

                                                                                      Executive Director, Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program

                                                                                        Joshua Goldman, MD

                                                                                        Assistant Team Physician, UCLA Athletics; Assistant Professor, Departments of Family Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine

                                                                                          Tad Kremen, MD

                                                                                          Assistant Team Physician, UCLA Athletics; Visiting Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery

                                                                                          As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Thomas J. Kremen, MD has devoted his career to helpin

                                                                                            Ema Thake, RD

                                                                                            Director of Performance Nutrition, University of Washington

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