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new york Marriot Marquis | new york city, n.y. | april 21-22


The summit will include a day-and-a-half of presentations by expert researchers and health care professionals who will share their extensive knowledge on head injuries and concussions in the sport of soccer. Along with the scientific and medical presentations, the summit will also include panels with players, coaches, referees, and leaders in the world of soccer that will share their personal insights on head injuries and need for improving player safety.

The goal of the summit is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the evidence-based medicine, policies, and procedures that can enhance the health of all players. By making this information accessible to you, we can empower those with the closest interactions to players to serve as a resource for their teams and create an environment of safe play.


-Assessment and Management of Injury
-Novel/Emerging Technologies
-Athlete, Coach, Referee Panel
-Purposeful Heading in Soccer: What do we know?
-Emerging Issues/Questions to Answer Panel
-Closed Consensus Session for Invited Faculty

Program Highlights:
-What We’ve Learned from the 2016 International Consensus Guidelines in Berlin
-Future Directions from Berlin: How do we apply it to our sport? What's next?
-Injury Epidemiology & Mechanisms of Injury in Soccer
-Recognition of Injury

Confirmed speakers:
Jim Barlow, Head Coach of Men's Soccer at Princeton University | Steven Broglio, University of Michigan Director of Neurotrauma Research Lab | Rudolph Castellani, Director of the WMed Center for Neuropathology at Western Michigan University | George Chiampas, U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer | Jiri Dvorak, Swiss Concussion Center, Professor at University of Zurich | Ruben Echemendia, U.S. Soccer, MLS and NHL Neuropsycologist | Thomas Faro, US Executive Director of Michigan State Youth Soccer Association | Chris Giza,  Director of UCLA BrainSPORT Program | Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer President | Robin Harris, Executive Director of Ivy League | Robert Huggins, VP of Research, VP of Athlete Performance and Safety at Korey Stringer Institute-University of Connecticut | Tom Kaminsky, Co-Director Athletic Training Research Labratory at University of Delaware's Human Performance Lab | April Kater, U.S. U-14 Girls' National Team Head Coach | Michael Keating, Director of Medical Services USA Rugby | Don Kirkendall, Duke University Sports Science Institute | Anthony Kontos, University of Pittsburgh Concussion Program Assistant Director of Research | John Leddy, Clinical Professor and Medical Director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic | Bert Mandelbaum, U.S. Soccer and MLS Team Physician | Lynn Berling Manuel, CEO of NSCAA | Jesse Marsch, Head Coach New York Red Bulls | Jason Mihalik, University of North Carolina Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center | John Parsons,  Director of NCAA Sport Science Institute | Elizabeth Pieroth, Concussion Specialist for Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Fire and White Sox | Laura Purcell, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University | Margot Putukian, Princeton University Director of Athletic Medicine, U.S. Soccer and MLS Medical Consultant | Kathryn Schneider, University of Calgary Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist | Sandra Serafini, PRO Women's Referee Manager | Ira Smith, Head Team Physician for Toronto FC | Gary Solomon, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt | Gretchen Thomsen, Thomsen Lab at Cedars Sinai | Ryan Tierney, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Temple University | Michael Turner, Medical Director of The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation | Taylor Twellman, Retired U.S. Soccer and MLS Player, ESPN Analyst

Space is limited. Once successfully registered for the summit, you will be prompted to book a hotel room at the preferred group rate. The host hotel for this event is the New York Marriott Marquis. Hotel and airfare are the attendant’s responsibility.

Please contact events@MLSSoccer.com  with any questions.
Registration closes on April 7
.