Dr. Nicholas Theodore, Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgical Spine Center discusses the role of neurosurgeons as advocates for patients with sports related injuries. This includes advancing research and supporting legislation to make sports safer.
I was very honored to be able to present the uh the Chuck Noll Foundation lecture at the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons meeting in Los Angeles. The Chuck Noll lecture is regarding sports, uh neurotrauma and sports related injuries and highlighted my work with the NFL in helping to make the game of football safer and also the trickle down effect of helping to make all sports related injuries, bringing them to the forefront of our minds as neurosurgeons and also understanding how we can make the all sporting events safer for participants. The main theme of the meeting this year was advocacy and I outlined our role as neurosurgeons as advocates, not just for our patients in treating them for those patients who've had sports related injuries, but also in the realms of research and advocacy other outside of research and with respect to legislation and other things that neurosurgeons can get involved in uh to bring to the forefront and bring to everybody's attention, uh how sports related injuries occur and how we might be able to prevent them