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
"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."