Fiesta Bowl Hosts National Concussions Panel

Monday, May 7, 2012

PHOENIX -- Four national experts on sports-related concussions gave presentations at a May 3 forum hosted by the Fiesta Bowl.

NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert moderated the panel discussion, which was attended by major-college athletics directors and coaches as part of the annual Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit at The Arizona Biltmore.

The panel was a timely event because the prevention and treatment of concussions have become a national issue in football, both at the professional and amateur levels.

Presenters discussed their research on concussions and provided video illustrations of concussive hits. The panel also offered observations on the evolution of concussion treatment and the process of clearing concussed athletes to return to play.

The four presenters were:

Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC – Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Member of NCAA and NFL concussion committees.

Margot Putukian, MD – Director of Athletic Medicine Services, Princeton University. Member of NCAA and NFL concussion committees.

Hunt Batjer, MD – Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Northwestern University. Co-chair, NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

Michael McCrea, PhD – Director of Brain Injury Research, Medical College of Wisconsin.

The concussion panel is available online, click here to watch.'s Ted Miller attended the event and filed this report: