REDDING, Calif.—The Simpson University Athletics Department will host a March 21 symposium for health professionals on the treatment of concussions.
The 5 to 7:30 p.m. event will be in the James M. Grant Student Life Center at 2211 College View Drive. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at concussion-symp.eventbrite.com.
The symposium will feature two leaders in the field of concussion research:
Dr. Anthony P. Kontos is Research Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. He has specialized in concussion research for 14 years, has more than 250 professional publications and conducted more than 315 professional presentations.
Dr. R.J. Elbin is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas and is director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and conducted 150 professional presentations on sport-related concussion.
Drs. Kontos and Elbin will provide evidence that can inform best clinical practices for patients with concussion across a variety of healthcare providers, including those in fields of primary care, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, emergency medicine, and pediatrics; as well as clinical, school, and neuropsychologists; neurologists; physical and occupational therapists; nurses; athletic trainers; and paramedics.
Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.
Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.