Concussion Summit 2020

presented by the State of Hawaii Department of Health,
University of Hawaii, College of Education,
HCAMP and the Queen's Center for Sports Medicine

July 11, 2020  |  7:55 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (HST)

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Athletic Trainers - $100

Physicians - $200

Other Healthcare Providers - $150

Students - $50

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Hawaii Concussion Awareness & Management Program (HCAMP) has reported that an average of 1,000 concussions were sustained annually by Hawaii's high school athletes since 2010. HCAMP has also reported an average high school athlete takes more than three weeks to recover from a concussion. The featured faculty will provide research-based evidence and discuss the pathophysiology of a concussion and techniques to assess and manage a concussion from initial injury to recovery, including return to learn, social interaction and mental health issue. Topics will include best practices for schools and youth organizations to implement to help keep students and members safe.

Attendees will be provided with information on the most up-to-date treatments and inspired to start using these techniques immediately.

This conference has broad appeal to physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and other healthcare professionals.


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Paul M. Brewer, OD
Brewer Eye Care
Meridian, ID

Dr. Brewer was raised on the North Shore of Oahu having attended Kahuku High School and Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. He currently has a private practice called Brewer Eye Care in Nampa and Meridian Idaho, and provides sports vision training to Boise State Baseball and local high school teams.

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Gerard A. Gioia, PhD
Children National Hospital System
Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Washington, DC

Dr. Gioia is the Division Chief of Neuropsychology and the director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children's National Hospital. He is a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine. He directs the Neurobehavioral Core research laboratories for Children's National's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. Additionally, Dr. Gioia currently serves as president of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

Gioia treats persons and families with brain injuries with dual areas of interest in disorders involving the executive functions and pediatric concussion/ mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has been the Principal Investigator of several multi-site CDC-funded research studies of pediatric mild TBI with a focus on the development of methods/tools for the evaluation of the executive functions and post-concussion neuropsychological functioning. He has developed several smartphone apps, Concussion Recognition & Response and Concussion Assessment and Response (CARE Sport), the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) and ACE Care Plan, a pediatric neurocognitive test for concussion, and post-concussion symptom scales for children and parents. He works closely with the CDC on their "Heads Up" concussion educational programs, as a contributing author to the toolkits.

Gioia has been an active participant in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, and was on the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline Author panel. He is the team neuropsychologist for the NHL's Washington Capitals and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, school systems, and numerous youth sports organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region. He consults with the local and National Governing Organizations of ice hockey, lacrosse, football, rugby and soccer related to concussion management and is on the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Football and the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

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Christopher Giza, MD
UCLA Brain Injury Research Center
Pediatric Neurologist, Medical Director for Traumatic Brain Injury
Director, Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed Adult and Pediatric Neurology training at UCLA. He then worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team before joining the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center in 1998. He served on the California State Athletic Commission from 2005-2015, and traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense. He directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program & the Operation Mend mild TBI program. Dr. Giza co-authored concussion/mild TBI guidelines for the AAN, CDC (for youth) and the Concussion in Sport Group (Berlin Guidelines). He has been a clinical consultant for the NFL, NHL/NHLPA, NBA, MLB, Major League Soccer, the NCAA and US Soccer. He is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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Jen Prins, MD
Beacon Medical Group
Sports Psychiatrist
South Bend, IN

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, much of Dr. Prins' childhood was spent at the University of Hawaii swimming pool, where her father was the Head Swimming Coach of the Division I Swimming Team, coaching national and international level swimmers, including Olympians. Growing up within the "extended family" of the swim team not only sparked Dr. Prins' interested in sports and athletics, but also solidified her holistic view of athletes as people with gifts and talents that extend beyond the realm of sports into the rest of their lives, reinforcing her concern for their overall well-being. She is a board certified in General Psychiarty and focuses her practice in the subspecialty of sports psychiatry. She attended the University of Norte Dame, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and completed psychiatry residency training at Western Psychitric Institute & Clinic at UPMC. She currently is back in South Bend, Indiana at Beacon Medical Group.

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Kyoko Shirahata, MS, ATC
University of Hawaii
Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science Department
Research Assistant
Honolulu, HI

Ms. Shirahata is working toward obtaining a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Kinesiology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has worked with the Hawaii Concussion Awareness & Management Program since 2016 and served as a Research Assistant the past two years in helping to develop concussion education curriculum and to research the effect of ADHD on concussion recovery and assessment using dual-task. Shirahata is a certified athletic trainer and worked at the collegiate level for over 10 years, including Portland State University, Hawaii Pacific University, and Sendai University in Japan. Shirahata, who is originally from Sendai, Japan, received her B.S. at the University of Montana.

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Erik E. Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology
Lowell, MA

Dr. Swartz's research interest focuses on the prevention and acute care of head and neck injuries in football. He has received grants from The NATA Foundation, NOCSAE, NFL Charities and was a winner of the NineSigma Head Health Challenge. He has published in journals such as The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Spine, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He served on the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee's Subcommittee on Safety Equipment and Rules and as chair of the NATA Position Statement on the Acute Management of the Cervical Spine Injured Athlete. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training and Sports Health Care Journal. In 2011 he was honored with a Fellows designation in the National Athletic Trainers' Association and in 2015 received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, also from the NATA. He received his PhD in Applied Biomechanics at the University of Toledo.

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Jennifer Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS
Oregon Health & Science University
Research Physical Therapist & Neuro Lead Therapist
Portland, OR

Ms. Wilhelm specializes in neurological diagnoses including Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury (including concussions) and geriatric clients. Jennifer is part of the comprehensive neurological rehab team (CNRT) that provides interdisciplinary care for her clients. She has advanced training with Parkinson's disease and works closely with the Parkinson's Center of Oregon to optimize her patients care. Wilhelm is part of TEAM PD (Therapists Educated and Aligned in the Management of Parkinson's Disease), which provides education to therapists across Oregon and Washington. She also works closely with the sports medicine program, has helped develop OHSU's interdisciplinary concussion program and currently leads the rehabilitation portion of the program. Jennifer seeks to enhance clinical outcomes by assisting with several clinical research studies.


Saturday - July 11, 2020
7:55-8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:00-9:00 a.m. KEYNOTE: Neurometabolic Cascade
Christopher Giza, MD [ 1.0 CEU ]
9:05-10:05 a.m. Return to School: Encompassing Return to Learn, Social Interaction, & Physical Demands of the School Experience
Gerard Gioia, PhD, Children National Hospital [ 1.0 CEU ]
10:10-11:10 a.m. Supporting Mental Health Following a Concussion
Jen Prins, MD Beacon Medical Group, South Bend, IN [ 1.0 CEU ]
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The HuTT808 Study for Reducing Head Impact Exposure in Hawaiian High School Football: Year One Update
Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA [ 1.0 CEU ]
12:30-2:00 p.m. Concussion Assessment and Intervention: Bringing the Evidence onto the Field and into the Clinic
Jennifer Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS [ 1.5 CEU with lab ]
2:15-3:45 p.m. Achieving Perfect Vision Post-Concussion
Paul Brewer, OD Neuro Optometrist [ 1.5 CEU with lab ]
3:50-4:20 p.m. Concussion Reporting Norms amongst High School Athletes in Hawaii
Kyoko Shirahata, MS, ATC [ 0.5 CEU ]
4:20-4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Queen's Medical Center and the Hawai'i Concussion Awareness & Management Program. The Queen's Medical Center is accredited to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Queen's Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits issued by organizations approved by ACCME will be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (1 CME credit = 1 contact hour) and most other nursing certifying bodies. Check with your certifying body. It will also be recognized by the State of Hawaii Board of Nursing for license renewal.


BOC Logo Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program (BOC AP# P10061) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 7.5 EBP Category hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Requirements and policies of the Board of Certification (BOC) through the joint sponsorship of Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program and The Queen's Center for Sports Medicine. Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program is approved by the BOC to provide continuing education for Athletic Trainers


Continuing Competence units (CCUs) pending approval from Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy.


A certificate of attendance will be provided to other healthcare professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.


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The Queen's Medical Center
The Center for Sports Medicine
Ross Oshiro
Phone: (808) 691-8059 • Email: [email protected]

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