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SXSW 2019

Preventing Suicide on the Sidelines

Despite some efforts to improve concussion protocols, too many athletes continue to suffer from CTE and its devastating consequences, including suicide. Coaches, parents and players are seeking better ways to protect athletes from CTE and other neurodegenerative disease linked to head trauma while still maintaining the sports culture we love. This panel will convene researchers, a biotech entrepreneur and a former NFL player to discuss the future of contact sports and efforts to improve player safety. They will explore the latest brain health research and promise of emerging technology to diagnose concussion on the sidelines, assist in return to play decisions, ultimately treating conditions before they lead to irrevocable damage.

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  1. Why has it been so difficult to protect players and detect head traumas that lead to neurodegenerative conditions?
  2. What progress is being made to objectively diagnose and treat concussions on the sidelines? To diagnose CTE in the living?
  3. How could emerging technology, including a blood test, be used to monitor athletes’ brains and prevent irrevocable damage?



Cletis Fox, Assistant Associate, Stern Strategy Group

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health & MedTech
  • Level: Intermediate
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