South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association to Hear Concussion ExpertJuly 6, 2010
By Brad Drake, CSU Athletic Training
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association is proud to welcome Dr. Micky Collins to the 2010 Annual Symposium held July 8-9, 2010, at the Radisson Hotel Columbia and Conference Center.
Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion. A leading clinician and researcher, Dr. Collins is the assistant director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Established in 2000, it is the first and largest research and clinical program that is focused on the diagnosis, evaluation and management of sports-related mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of all levels. Dr. Collins’ expertise attracts many elite and professional athletes from around the world to seek his comprehensive clinical care. On a daily basis, Dr. Collins and his colleagues at the UPMC clinic see dozens of high school, college or professional athletes with concerns regarding safe return to play following concussion and treatment/rehabilitation of the injury.
In addition to his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Collins has been a lead author on several major groundbreaking studies of high school and college athletes published in JAMA, Neurosurgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Pediatrics, and he has written more than 60 peer-reviewed research articles for other prestigious medical journals. He is a frequently invited presenter at international and national scientific meetings on brain injury in sports, and is often interviewed by local and national news media as an expert source.
Dr. Collins has been instrumental in the development of numerous concussion management programs at the youth, collegiate and professional sports level nationwide. Dr. Collins was heavily involved in the development and is a co-founder of ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), the first and most widely used computerized sports-concussion evaluation system that has become a standard of care in nearly all organized sports at all levels.
Dr. Collins will speak on Friday, July 9 at 2:30 p.m. and will be available for questions following his presentation.