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Sports Legacy Institute To Hold Advanced Concussion Training In Detroit

Posted on 02/17/2012


Hosted by SLI Co-Founder Chris Nowinski, program will focus on concussion education, prevention & management for coaches, parents, athletes, and concerned citizens

AUBURN HILLS, MI- The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a Boston- based non-profit organization founded by former All-Ivy Harvard football player and WWE superstar Chris Nowinski and concussion expert Robert Cantu, MD, will be providing an innovative concussion education program at the Palace of Auburn Hills prior to the MMA show “My Bloody Valentine” Saturday, February 18th.

At 4:30 PM, SLI will present a Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) session designed for coaches, teachers, parents, athletes, school and government officials, and concerned citizens. This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to our presenting sponsor, Special Tree, and SLI Official Educational Partner, PAR Concussion Recognition & Response. All ACT attendees will receive free admission to the 7:00 PM show following the presentation compliments of Donofrio Entertainment.
SLI has quickly risen to prominence as a national leader on sports concussion advocacy, education, and research. In 2008, SLI partnered with Boston University School of Medicine to form the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) to study the long-term effects of brain trauma on athletes and other at-risk groups. The ever-growing media attention to SLI and the BU CSTE has been a driving force in raising public awareness of the dangers of concussions obscurity to its rightful place in public discourse.
SLI has been instrumental in improving the lives of athletes by influencing concussion legislation in several states, in addition to promoting significant policy change within various sports organizations at all levels of the game, including stricter penalty enforcement for illegal hits to the head within both the NFL and the NHL.

The latest achievements of SLI include forming the Chicago Concussion Coalition (CCC) in August 2011 and announcing a bold “Hit Count” Initiative (based off the concept of “pitch counts in youth baseball”) at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis earlier this month. The CCC represents a network of 50 national athletic, health and social service organizations united under a common mission to work in partnership to provide student athletes in greater Chicago with the best resources available to protect them from sports related concussions and recurring injuries.
Nowinski, SLI Co-founder and CEO, said, “It’s rewarding to know that SLI’s efforts are educating not only professional athletes, but parents, teachers, coaches and youth athletes as to the dangers of concussions and the real world benefits that can be achieved through following the recommendations in our Advanced Concussion Training.”

The 60-minute multimedia presentation will focus on:

Concussion basics and concussion recognition
Concussion reporting & athlete psychology
Appropriate concussion response & evaluation
Return-to-play following concussion
Coordination of concussion care with school & family
Potential academic consequences of concussions
Concussion prevention strategies for coaches & athletes
Long-term effects of concussions & brain trauma – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
CTE prevention strategies
Review of the latest technologies in the fight against concussions
Strategies to create a safer sports environment
SLI’s 7 Steps to Brain Safety

For more information about Sports Legacy Institute and their concussion education programs visit


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