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March 3, 2016

Nationally recognized neurosurgeon to discuss concussion research, evaluation


Neurosurgeon Robert C. Cantu, M.D., one of the nation’s foremost authorities on sports-related concussions, will discuss current concussion research and evaluation methods during a special two-day event on March 25-26 at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Cantu is co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and clinical professor neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine. His visit is sponsored by the OSU-CHS athletic training program.

“There is a growing awareness of the danger and prevalence of concussions. The proper way of dealing with concussions is of particular interest to athletic trainers who are charged with protecting athletes from further injury,” said Jennifer Volberding, Ph.D., director of the OSU-CHS athletic training program and assistant professor of athletic training. “We are pleased to bring in Dr. Cantu who can relay the latest information and guidelines regarding these brain injuries.”

Cantu will present an hour-long program on current research in concussion at 2 p.m. in D-107 on Friday, March 25. The seminar is free and open to the public.

On March 26, Cantu will lead a seminar on concussion evaluation and Return to Play Guidelines for clinicians and students from 9-11 a.m. in D-107. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The cost of the Saturday seminar is $28 for clinicians and $12 for students. There is a small discount for online registration.

Cantu is chief of neurosurgery, chairman of the surgery and director of sports medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. He is senior advisor to the National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Committee and section co-chair of the Mackey-White National Football League Players Association Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. Cantu is the author of the first Return to Play Guidelines more than 30 years ago.

He also is co-founder and chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute and medical director and adjunct professor of exercise and sports science for the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

In addition, he is co-director of the neurologic Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Saturday’s event has been approved by the Board of Certification for two contact hours for athletic trainers. The OSU-COM Office of Continuing Medical Education has requested that the American Osteopathic Association Council on Continuing Medical Education approve the program for two credits of AOA Category 2-A. Approval is pending.

To register for Saturday, visit the registration website.

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