While there have been great advances in recent years in the understanding of concussions and head injuries, more discussion and data is always welcome in furthering the knowledge base.

It’s that continued quest for greater insight that will draw medical experts, media members, program leaders and others together on Saturday, February 27 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for the International Summit on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The event, sponsored by Pink Concussions with support from US Lacrosse and the NCAA, will feature presentations, roundtables and panel discussions exploring the current research, treatment and protocols for concussions and TBI. Sports related concussions and head injuries will be one of the specific topics discussed.

Serving as panelists to discuss concussion differences by gender in sports will be US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety (SS&S) Committee chair, Dr. Margot Putukian, as well as committee members Dr. Shane Caswell and Dr. Andy Lincoln. Another SS&S Committee member, Dr. Ruben Echemendia, will discuss treatment and protocols, while Melissa Coyne, director of games administration at US Lacrosse, will serve as a panelist discussing how to improve care for female athletes.

“As the national governing body of lacrosse, we’re fortunate to have the outstanding leadership of national and international experts to help guide our policies and best practices for game safety and injury prevention,” said Dr. Bruce Griffin, director of health and sport safety at US Lacrosse. “They serve as a great resource for the lacrosse community, and it comes as no surprise that so many of them are giving their time to share their expertise at this event.”

Led by the expertise of the SS&S Committee, US Lacrosse strives to serve as a source of lacrosse safety education for all members of the leader community. As part of that effort, last year US Lacrosse released guidelines for teams, clubs and organizations to use in developing local concussion management plans. Additional information about concussion awareness in lacrosse is available online.

Access the US Lacrosse CMP Guidelines | CMP Infographic

For more information about the International Summit on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury, please visit pinkconcussions.com/programs. The event is open to the public. To register online (required), please click here.