On Monday, Nov. 5, the Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition, an organization of like-minded leaders in professional sports in southern Nevada dedicated to advancing brain health safety, reconvened for a second meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to announce its mission statement and next steps.
Following remarks from Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Governor Brian Sandoval, and retired Oakland Raider Linden King, Associate director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Primary Investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study Dr. Charles Bernick unveiled the coalition’s mission statement, which is: “To advance brain safety for those exposed to head impacts in sports and across society.” The resources and expertise of the member organizations will be leveraged to pursue the group’s specific goals of promoting research, education, and advocacy on issues regarding brain health in sports.
This first-of-its-kind coalition melds the recent expansion of professional sports in Las Vegas and the ongoing work of the Cleveland Clinic with brain health in sports. Now, various professional sports are collaborating to increase our knowledge, translate that knowledge into policies and practices and help empower younger generations to make informed decisions about the sports they play and the impact that may have on brain health.
Dr. Sabbagh concluded his remarks, saying: “It is our hope that with this coalition, we will play a hand in transforming Las Vegas from a gambling city to a brain health city.”
About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.