Wiese-Bjornstal and Smith to speak at Mayo concussion symposium
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in sport and exercise psychology in the School of Kinesiology, and Kinesiology aluma Aynsely Smith, RN, PhD, sport psychology consultant and research director in the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, will be faculty in the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Concussion in Sport, September 28-29, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic's Ashton B. Taylor Auditorium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wiese-Bjornstal's talk, "A Vulnerable Population: Concussion in the Female Athlete Physician," will be delivered Friday the 28th, and Smith's talk, "Preventing Concussion: Education, Fair Play, and Rule Changes," will be delivered Saturday, the 29th. The state-of-the-art symposium highlights the epidemiology of concussion in sport; the pathophysiology of concussion; sideline and outpatient clinical evaluation; standard and novel diagnostic strategies; and implementation of return-to-activity guidelines. The symposium format includes platform lectures, small group workshops, panel discussions, and live two-way remote audio/video concussion evaluations using robotic teleconcussion technology with faculty comprised of renowned scientific and clinical experts in the field of concussion.