Head Injuries In Sports
Show: Sports Medicine & Fitness Show
Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA/ and Jonathan Drezner, M.D.
Preventing Sudden Death in Sport
Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA/ and Jonathan Drezner, M.D. come on the show together to discuss this very important topic. They will discuss Preventing Sudden Death in Sport. This is the subject of new book released last month. They will give information on sudden cardiac death in athletes – prevalence, how to avoid it, what to look for. Commo Cordis – what it is and how to avoid it. Heat injuries in sports and how to avoid them, and head injuries in sports and how to avoid them.
Dr. Casa was named full professor at the University of Connecticut in August 2010. In 2008 he was the recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. He received the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007 and has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001. He has been a lead or co-author on numerous sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements related to heat illness and hydration. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training, and on the editorial board of Current Sports Medicine Reports, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Casa has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, CNN, PBS, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Dr. Casa earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College, in 1990; his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Florida in 1993; and his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1997. He has been happily married to his wife Tutita Casa, PhD for 15 years and they have 3 kids; Montana (7), Navia (6), and Alessio (5). Dr. Jonathan Drezner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Tacoma Family Medicine and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Washington. He is Team Physician for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the University of Washington Huskies. His primary research focuses on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in sport, cardiovascular screening in athletes, and emergency response planning for sudden cardiac arrest and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the school and athletic settings. Dr. Drezner is Director of the National Registry for AED Use in Sports, Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and 1st Vice-President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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