HANOVER, N.H. – Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens ’79 will testify before the Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing entitled “Concussions in Youth Sports: Evaluating Prevention and Research” on Friday, May 13.
The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and can be seen live on the Committee’s YouTube page.
In December 2015, the Committee announced plans to begin a comprehensive review of the causes, effects and treatments of concussions. On March 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable as the first step in the Committee’s effort to begin a constructive dialogue about the risks of concussions and how we can address this public health challenge – not only for athletes and service members, but society as a whole. At the roundtable, Members and participants discussed what is known about concussions, what gaps exist in the scientific and medical community, why these gaps exist, and what is being done to address those gaps.
This hearing is the second public event in the Committee’s ongoing review and will focus on concussions in youth sports, specifically issues related to prevention and research.
As a pioneer in the prevention of concussive head injuries in football, Teevens will offer insights on his groundbreaking approach to player safety.
Dartmouth has been making the news for months on this subject. Developed by students at the Thayer School of Engineering, the first robotic tackling dummy of its kind – named the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) – made its appearance at Memorial Field last August. With the MVP on the team, the players can practice tackling safely, something Teevens has been advocating for years.