Concussion Alliance collaborates with Northwest Brain Injury Symposium

The Northwest Brain Injury Symposium brings you this video of “An Athletes Journey: Sports and Traumatic Brain Injury.” This event was part of their lecture series for 2018-2019 and was designed to provide foundational information about the prevention, diagnosis, and management of Sports Related-Concussions.

Concussion Alliance provided educational components for the Sports and Traumatic Brain Injury conference, hosted by the Northwest Brain Injury Symposium (NWBIS). The event at the Spokane Library was part of the NWBIS lecture series and compliments the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams,” also hosted at the downtown library.


Marysa Rogozynski, the event coordinator, reached out to Concussion Alliance to request educational materials for the resource fair preceding the panel lecture. We created new written materials for the event, which are now on our website as well: Guidelines for Recovery and Light Therapy a Potential Treatment for Possible CTE.


Thanks to our new partnership with TeachAids, Concussion Alliance provided NWBIS with the TeachAids film CrashCourse. This 12-minute film makes use of virtual reality and gaming technology to educate athletes about concussion management. Lane Morgan, Vice-President of the Board for the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), introduced Concussion Alliance and to the audience and screened CrashCourse.

Thanks to NWBIS, we can include the video of the panel discussion in this blog post. Below is Marysa Rogozynski’s summary of the panel discussion:

The discussion began by each panelist introducing themselves, and then providing some detailed information about what a concussion is and how it is treated. They covered the risks of concussions, but they also emphasized that many concussions are recoverable incidents with appropriate treatment.

Audience members asked several questions ranging from one gentleman asking about his reoccurring symptoms after years of playing collegiate sports, to another woman describing the need for more education about concussions at the community level. Marysa Rogozynski, Event Coordinator

The panelists:

  • RaMona Pinto, MS, CBIS, Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

  • Megan Lusk, PT, DPT, APEX Physical Therapy

  • Ryan Baker, MD, Shriner’s Hospital for Children

  • Heidi J. Peterson, LAT, ATC, PES, Multicare Hospital

  • Christine Guzzardo, PhD, Northwest Neurobehavioral Institute

We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Northwest Brain Injury Symposium and look forward to upcoming opportunities for Concussion Alliance to contribute to the great work that NWBIS is doing for the community.

Malayka GormallyComment