In an effort to avoid a repeat of last year’s crisis, the NCAA will begin using an entirely new format to manage its upcoming sports medicine symposium.
The NCAA will have two sports medicine conferences — the conference of experts, which will be led by former head of sports medicine for the NBA and NCAA, Dr. Marc Edwards, and the conference for health professionals, which includes former NBA player, Dr.-elect Dr. J.J. Redick, and former NBA head of basketball operations, Dr-elect David Kahn.
The conference will consist of a combination of medical and health professionals and will be chaired by Edwards and Kahn, who previously served as chief medical officer for the NFL.
The sports medicine conference will be the first to have a physician as its chair.
It will also be the only one with a single-track, open, open-ended format.
It’s a major departure from last year, when the NCAA had only two sports medical conferences, one for the men’s and one for women’s teams.
The two-day symposium, scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2, will be attended by representatives from a broad array of sports.
In addition to Edwards, the committee will include Dr.-Elects Dr. John J. MacLeod, former NBA president and current medical director of the NBA Players Association, and Dr.- Elect Dr. David A. Levine, former chair of the NFL Players Association.
“The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum to the medical community to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues that are relevant to all levels of medicine,” Edwards said in a statement.
“I am particularly pleased that Dr. Kahn and Dr. MacLellas are both willing to join us in bringing their expertise and perspective to this important discussion.
It is a huge opportunity for the entire community to learn from each other and bring new perspectives to the discussion,” he added.
The NCAA is planning to host a symposium this year in Las Vegas, which is the home of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, but it is unclear whether the NCAA has the resources to cover the expense of a professional conference.
Edwards said the NCAA is confident that a sports medicine meeting can be structured in a way that is affordable and respectful.
“We have spent the past several months gathering information from experts in the sports medicine community and conducting extensive consultations with them,” Edwards told CNNMoney in a recent interview.
“We have a strong plan in place for this event and we have a very clear understanding of what is needed to make it happen.
We are confident that our plan will work and that this event will be a success.
The goal is to have this event in a healthy and professional environment.”
Dr. Maclellas previously served on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s committee on sports medicine, and he will be attending the symposia with Edwards.
The two men are expected to share insights and expertise on a range of topics, including sports medicine management, health care for athletes, and sports medicine policy.
While the NCAA already has a sports physician conference, Edwards said it has not yet been structured for the sympses.
“It’s not an event where there is a conference on everything,” he said.
“I think it’s a little different in that you can have a symposer for sports medicine or you can get a sympser for any area of health care that is relevant.
But you have to have an overall approach that is appropriate for the whole symposium.”
Dr.-elect Levine is a former member of the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA’s player medical advisory committee, and in addition to his role on the NBAPA’s committee, he serves as a member of a group of experts to advise the NBA on the use of concussion testing in player health care.
The NBAPA, which endorsed the NCAA’s motion to suspend the men for three years last year for the infractions of its policy, said the decision to suspend Redick was unfair, since Redick did not attend the NCAA-approved meeting.
“If they had invited the best medical professionals in the country to speak on the issues that they deal with, I think that would have been the better course of action,” Levine said of the NCAA decision.
“It was the wrong thing to do.
It was the right thing to call in experts from around the world.”
The NCAA did not immediately respond to CNNMoney’s request for comment.
The new format is expected to make the symptoms more accessible to the general public and help to better serve the interests of all participants.
It also may improve transparency about the symphasys, which Edwards said should be made available to the public and have a formal format.
“This will provide a public forum where we can talk about the best way to manage and understand the issues we are dealing with, as well as have some of the most important medical experts from across the world talk,” Edwards explained.