‘Head in the Game’ Part 3: Series on Concussion in Sports

Our series on concussion in sports concluded with Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, FACSM, of the University of North Carolina, and Mike Ryan, PT, ATC, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who discussed the evolution of concussion awareness and management, their dislike of the phrase “having your bell rung,” and the importance of proper tackling technique in football, among other topics.

Guskiewicz is the founding director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the Chair of Exercise and Sport Science. Over the past 17 years, his clinical research program has focused on sport-related concussion.

Ryan is the head athletic trainer/physical therapist of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a position he has held since 1994. Previously, he was an assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist for the New York Giants. Ryan and his Jaguars staff won the Ed Block Courage Award’s NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 2003. He is the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society Research & Education Foundation and a member of the Sports Concussion Medical Advisory Board.

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