Sports Legacy Institute Announces 2014 Hit Count® Symposium to be Held on Tuesday, July 15, at the Boston University School of Medicine to Advance Discussion on Use of Head Impact Sensors in Sports to Prevent Concussions
Co-Chaired by Dr. Robert Cantu and Dr. Gerry Gioia, event will gather researchers, athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes, medical professionals, and administrators to explore how Hit Count® Certified sensors can be used to improve brain safety
The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI)-a Boston-based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and at-risk groups- will hold the 2014 Hit Count® Symposium on Tuesday, July 15, at the Boston University School of Medicine Bakst Auditorium from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The symposium will be webcast live.
Inspired by Pitch Counts in youth baseball and Step Counts in fitness, the SLI Hit Count® Program was officially launched in January 2014 in an effort to develop a universal and simple method of using sensors to monitor head impacts. Prior to announcing the program, SLI worked with an independent group of expert advisors to set a Hit Count® Threshold, which is designed to be used by any sensor to provide a common method of interpreting impact data. The advisors recommended that every impact exceeding 20 g should count as a Hit. Hit Count® Certified* sensors provide a simple way to measure and compare brain trauma exposure between teams, athletes, and sports. GForce Tracker and Triax are the first companies with Hit Count® Certified sensor devices, with more to come.
Symposium co-chairs Dr. Robert Cantu, SLI Founding Medical Director and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Dr. Gerry Gioia, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will bring together national experts on sports concussions, biomechanics, and sensors, along with leaders in sports. A partial list of speakers and panelists includes:
- Joe Bertagna, Commissioner, Hockey East
- Stefan Duma, PhD, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
- David Gross, Commissioner, Major League Lacrosse
- Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, University of North Carolina
- Blaine Hoshizaki, PhD, University of Ottawa
- Ann McKee, MD, Boston University School of Medicine
- Bill Meehan, MD, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention
- Chris Nowinski, Sports Legacy Institute
- John Pizzi, Athletic Director, Riverdale Country School
The symposium will provide the first public forum to explore cutting-edge, practical ways parents, coaches, and medical professionals can utilize sensors to advance athlete safety as well as concussion research. An additional goal is to develop best practices for research so that scientists around the world using sensors can pool data and accelerate learnings.
The event program will include the following modules:
- Evidence Base for Limited Brain Trauma Exposure
- Hit Count® Program – Threshold and Certification
- Current Brain Trauma Exposure Data
- Building Meaning to Data: Setting a Research Agenda
- Using Hit Count® Sensors: Best Practices
SLI welcomes athletic trainers, parents, coaches, athletes, medical professionals, researchers, public health officials, school and sports administrators, and interested members of the public to attend the symposium. Athletic trainers are eligible to receive CEUs for attending.
Hit Count® Symposium Educational Partners include Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts, CoachUp, PinkConcussions, SportsCAPP, the Kevin Turner Foundation, the Concussion Blog, StopConcussions.com, and the Brookline Recreation Department.
*SLI developed a Hit Count® Certification test in cooperation with the University of Ottawa to determine the reliability of the sensors. Sensors must pass the lab-based test to become Hit Count® Certified. There are four categories of certification: Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, and Unhelmeted (for sports like soccer). The Threshold and Certification development was sponsored by Battle Sports Science, GForce Tracker, i1 Biometrics, Impakt Protective, MC10, and Triax.