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On The Road Again: A Report From The Concussion Summit Trail

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For those of you wondering where I have been lately, I have been taking a break from blogging and writing because of a heavy speaking and consulting schedule, because I have been busy working on updating our documentary, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer" with new edits and information in time for broadcast in the summer and fall 2014, and because  I have been preoccupied with getting our new 501(c)(3) non-profit, MomsTEAM Institute, off to a good start.

I hope to be in a position soon to share details about an exciting new national youth sports safety campaign the Institute will be launching, one which will build on the knowledge and expertise we have developed at MomsTEAM.com over the past fourteen years to do even more to keep kids playing sports safe.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out videos of some of my recent appearances on the concussion summit trail:

Future of Contact Sports poster

The first was at the Coalition for Concussion Awareness Summit at the United Nations on the Future of Contact Sports on a panel which included: 

  • Nicholas J. Conti Ph.D., M.B.A., Corporate Business Development, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
  • Chris Larcheveque, Executive Vice President of Sports and Entertainment, International Specialty Insurance
  • Sean Sansiveri, Legal Counsel, NFL Players Association  
  • Patricio F. Reyes M.D., F.A.A.N., Chief Medical Officer & Board Member of NFL Retired Players Association
  • Brian Hainline M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA


The second was as a panelist during "The State of Concussions" Symposium held at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law earlier this month (my talk begins at 63:09 and the Q & A in which I participated begins at 129.23):

Brooke de Lench at University of Maryland School of Law 

Back to Tennessee

I am looking forward to my next talks, hosted by the Chattanooga Concussion Coalition, to be held at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga  April 15 (evening talk) and 16th (full day summit)(one of the speakers is Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, who seems to be at every stop on the concussion trail with me - the fourth in less than three months!  I hope to able to post a video of that after I get back.  For those in the area, come and join us. Both sessions are free and open to the public. Click here for more information. 

In the meantime, as sports parents across the country gear up for the spring sports season, remember that the best way for you to keep your kids safe playing sports is to be smart!  



Brooke de Lench is the Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM.com, author, blogger, and documentary film producer. Her most recent film, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer," is airing on selected PBS stations in 2014.

You can email Brooke @ delench@MomsTeam.com and follow her on Twitter @brookedelench.