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Release Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:11 PM
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Research Workshop Seeks to Improve Football Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2014) – Howard University will host a comprehensive workshop on football safety on Tuesday, July 1, in Downing Auditorium of the School of Engineering. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The purpose or the workshop is to bring together physicians, scientists, engineers, computer scientists, technology vendors and educators to discuss gaps in concussion research knowledge and the effects of concussions on brain development in youth. Presenters include Dr. Terry Thompson, a professor in the Howard University College of Medicine who serves as athletic physician of the Washington, D.C. Public School League; and Gary Harris, vice president of research at Howard University.

Current research suggests that concussions in football can have a serious effect on young, developing brains. While most kids and teens with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks; effects from more serious concussion can last longer. This workshop represents Howard’s mobilization of research resources across academic disciplines. Howard seeks to be a forerunner for research examining these problems.

The daylong workshop will also feature emerging technologies to “train the brain,” and methods to improve football tackling and blocking to lessen physical impact. Virtual training, interactive metronomics and G-force impact data analysis will also be discussed.

The workshop will feature Dr. Vernon Williams, founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Williams is a consultant to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks, Anaheim Ducks, Loyola University, Fullerton College, and numerous high schools.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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