SJBF Founder Donohue will testify at Congressional Forum

HOUSTON¬†– The United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will host a forum entitled, “Head and Other Injuries in Youth, High School, College and Professional Football” on Monday, February 1, 2010, in Houston, Texas. Patrick Donohue, founder of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, will participate as a panelist at this forum.

“The forum will focus on key issues related to the identification and prevention of head injuries in youth, high school, and college football for players, parents, educators and the public. It will explore potential next steps that can be taken to address this public health problem.”

Mr. Donohue will describe the upcoming Super Bowl week announcement in Miami launching the Zackery Lystedt Brain Project (ZLBP). The mission of ZLBP is to advance the core principles established in the Zackery Lystedt Law through public awareness, education and training, legislation and advancing research in the field of sports concussion evaluation and management. This will be a joint effort with the American College of Sports Medicine which is the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.

The three core principles of the Zackery Lystedt Brain Project are: 1) educate and verify that every youth athlete, their parents, coaches and other professionals involved in the care of the youth athlete are taught the risks associated with concussions and head injuries; 2) identify and protect the youth athlete that once a concussion is suspected they would be immediately removed from play or practice; and 3) properly evaluate before return to play by a licensed healthcare provider who is trained in concussion evaluation and management.

WHO:
Patrick B. Donohue, Esq., Founder, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation

WHAT:
U.S. Congressional Committee on the Judiciary forum entitled, “Head and Other Injuries in Youth, High School, College and Professional Football.”

WHERE:
Prairie View A&M University
College of Nursing Auditorium
Texas Medical Center
6436 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas

WHEN:
Monday, February 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. CST

About The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation:
The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF) is named after 4-year-old Sarah Jane Donohue who was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was just 5 days old, breaking four ribs, both collarbones and causing a severe brain injury. The SJBF has quickly galvanized the pediatric acquired brain injury (PABI) community to action through the development of the largest, most-collaborative International Advisory Board of leading experts from just about every major medical institution and Research University in the country. For more information about the #1 leading cause of death and disability of American children and young adults up to 25 years of age Рbrain injuries Рplease visit www.TheBrainProject.org.