Concussion Experts Appear at Fiesta Bowl Seminar

Thursday, May 2, 2013

PHOENIX – A panel of nationally renowned doctors and lawyers spoke Thursday at a seminar on “Sports-Related Concussions: Awareness, Detection and Recovery,” sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl.
Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and athletics directors attended the 90-minute session, part of the annual Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit at The Arizona Biltmore.
“We hope that this will be an enlightening session, and hopefully you can take something back to your campus,” said moderator Kevin Guskiewicz, Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Panelists’ presentations covered a wide range of topics, including potential legal liability and medical studies of brain injuries in retired football players.
The panelists were:
  • Dr. Daniel Kelly, a board-certified neurosurgeon and director of the Brain Tumor Center & Pituitary Disorders Program, St. John’s Health Center & John Wayne Cancer Institute.
  • Steve Pachman, partner with Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia who advises schools and school officials, risk managers and athletic trainers.
  • William Conaty, a four-year starter at Virginia Tech and former NFL lineman who is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department.
  • Dr. Javier Cardenas, director of B.R.A.I.N.S Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

“I want to really thank Robert Shelton and the Fiesta Bowl organization,” Guskiewicz said. “They, unlike anybody else in this business, I can tell you, care a lot about this particular topic. They have put forth funding to ensure that this topic’s being researched and that the information is being disseminated in a meaningful way to really help coaches, players, parents at the youth level.”

This was the second consecutive year that the Fiesta Bowl has sponsored a concussions-related seminar as part of its annual spring event. A video of the first seminar is available at