July 27, 2021’
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Football has selected Dr. Gerard Gioia and longtime NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline to headline its 10-
member medical advisory panel.
The governing body made its announcement Tuesday from its headquarters in Indianapolis.
Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, will serve as the panel’s chairman.
The other members serving are: neurologist Dr. Javier Cárdenas from the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix; pediatric orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. Cordelia Carter of New York University’s Langone Health; Dr. Karen Hopkins, a clinical associate professor at the Neurodevelopmental Behavioral Pediatrics for NYU’s Langone Health; Dr. Michael Koester, a physician, pediatric and adolescent sports medicine specialist at Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Eugene, Oregon; Dr. Thayne Munce, a research scientist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dr. Rebecca Stearns, chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute and part of the department of kinesiology at UConn; and Chaka Sutton, senior vice president of Special Olympics Colorado.
The group helps establish guidelines for youth practices, concussion recognition and treatment, heat and hydration, and rule recommendations. It also helps provide insight into new football products and equipment.
“Collectively, our panel shares a common goal to optimize the many benefits of football participation while advancing kids’ health, both physically and mentally,” Gioia said. “It’s a privilege for us to contribute to USA Football’s child development-centric mission through a game that our kids love to play and are healthier when they do.”