Gannon University Continues Series to Raise Awareness of Concussions

Posted: November 6, 2017

Brian Hainline, M.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sports Science Institute, will address Gannon University students, faculty and staff Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. The presentation will be held in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. and is the second of two lectures about the growing danger of concussions. 

Concussion awareness has become an increasingly important topic in the United States, with millions of mild traumatic brain injuries happening each year. According to a poll by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, nearly nine out of 10 adults in the U.S. cannot correctly define a concussion.

As the NCAA's first Chief Medical Officer, Hainline oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development. The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and centers of excellence across the United States.

For over 25 years, Hainline has been actively involved in sports medicine. He co-authored Drugs and the Athlete, and played a pivotal role in the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide.  He has served on the New York State Athletic Commission, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he serves as vice-chair. Hainline has been instrumental in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally. He was Chief Medical Officer of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as Chief Medical Officer of the U.S.Tennis Association before moving to the NCAA. He is chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science & Medicine Commission, and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competitions, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis. Hainline is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters. In addition to Drugs and the Athlete, he is co-editor of Neurological Complications of Pregnancy (1st and 2nd edition), and he is author of USTA Drug Education Handbook, Back Pain Understood, and Positioning Youth Tennis for Success.

The lecture is sponsored by Gannon University's Master of Athletic Training, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science departments, and its Human Performance Laboratory with funding from a Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society research grant and a Gannon University Faculty Development Grant.

"In concussions, there may be no outward signs that are visible to the general population so general concussion knowledge may be lacking in untrained individuals," said Kathleen Williams, instructor of sport and exercise science and an organizer of the series. "We want to increase awareness of this problem and give faculty and staff information on how to recognize the symptoms of both acute concussions and post-concussion syndrome."