Sport Concussion Summit

Draws Together Researchers, Practitioners and Stakeholders


One of the many summit presentations, videos & panels

“Excellent focus on evidence and research.”

“As a primary care pediatrician my knowledge gained will help me better counsel my patients and their families regarding risk of concussion, treatment, and expectations post-concussion.”

The Issue

Interventions for preventing sports concussion have been publicized in a growing number, but they are still largely focused on changing the behavior of individual athletes, with some focus on coaching protocol post-injury. Evidence-based interventions are needed that not only provide guidance at the local level, but that also bring together the variety of people composing the entire spectrum of prevention through post-concussive treatment. There is a general lack of awareness of the many concussion-focused research hubs and the recent science behind new interventions. In addition, whereas societal experts acknowledge the unique culture surrounding many youth sports, few events bring together the variety of researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders to jointly address the issues, conflicting protocols and discuss potential solutions.

Key Results – Program Impact

The Summit drew over 200 in-person attendees, in addition to over 200 webcast attendees. The “Concussion 101” video has attracted nearly 2,000 views to-date on the Injury Prevention Center’s YouTube channel. Additionally, both the Brain Injury Association (BIA) of Michigan and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have posted the video prominently on their sites for training and awareness purposes.

This Summit Helped...

Generate New Research

Translate Knowledge

Disseminate the Latest Injury Prevention Science

Develop Evidence-based Interventions

Provide Technical Assistance

Train Researchers & Practitioners in Injury Prevention

How was this addressed?

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center realized the need for an event that would bring together many of the nation’s experts, coordinating the Sport Concussion Summit in September, 2015. This well-attended event featured invited experts who explored relevant issues across the spectrum, from the latest evidence-based research to innovative concepts and programs translating the latest science on sport concussion into practical prevention strategies. The summit drew a broad audience of in-person and remote attendees, not only researchers, practitioners, clinicians, policy makers, and media personnel, but also coaches, students, parents, athletic trainers and others.

To further increase awareness, the U-M Injury Prevention Center produced a 10-minute video called “Concussion 101,” featuring interviews with summit speakers.

The Sports Concussion Summit brought together:

Summit attendees interacted with speakers and panel discussions, viewed videos, and had ample networking opportunities including a Michigan Stadium tour.

122 University of Michigan researchers, clinicians and staff

33 attendees from health systems, hospitals, clinics, sports medicine institutes or sports rehabilitation clinics

A broad mix of clinicians and practitioners including 15 primary care physicians, emergency medicine physicians and nurses, psychologists, sports medicine physicians, neuropsychologist, trauma staff, public health practitioners, and more.

"Our concussion summit was a great example of work only a center can do that reaches beyond a single study.”

Dr. Rebecca Cunningham

U-M IPC Director, University of Michigan

Researchers from 15 non-U-M universities

Representatives from national, state and local organizations such as NCAA, the Brain Injury Association, MDHHS, State of Michigan, the Public Health Law Network, National Collegiate Law Association, and the PSA Council, as well as 6 private companies.

Lloyd Carr
Former U-M Football Coach
Brian Hainline, MD
Chief Medical Officer, NCAA
Delivering Keynote Address

A portion of this content was modified from the ICRC website: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/erpo/icrc/stories.html#audiences