WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/10 -- TV Worldwide, (www.tvworldwide.com), since 1999, a pioneering web-based global TV network, announced that the Sports Pro Community Network (SPCN) November 18th webcast 'Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury in Youth Athletics,' had thousands of views nationally and the audience viewing the free archive of the event is growing virally across several demographics with strong media interest. The first in a series of free live interactive national town hall SPCN Internet TV webcasts featuring distinguished experts in the field, the event was produced by TV Worldwide for the recently-launched Sports Pro Community Network (www.SPCN.com) on SPCN's Internet TV Channel, Sports Pro Community Network TV (www.SPCN.TV), and was made possible with sponsorship support from Gladiator Mouth Guards, Donnelly Steen & Co. and Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (ESI).
In a webcast opening statement Congressman George Miller (D-Ca), a key proponent of H.R.6172, 'The Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2010,' stated that a recent investigation he spearheaded "...told us our worst fears," and that, "the impact on student athletes (both young men and young women) was very serious, it affects their athletic ability to continue to play their sports, but also their participation in the academic side of their schooling."
Renaldo Nehemiah Former NFL Wide Receiver and Director of Track & Field Worldwide for Octagon Sports whose NFL career ended shortly after a concussion, was asked why some players play hurt without informing anyone. He responded, "You are taught that way from the earliest of times... well before it gets to the pro ranks. It is fairly engrained in all of us by the time you get to high school, college and professional sports that... concussions are part of the game. It's been happening for years and it will continue to happen because a player wants to play, especially if the opportunities that await them come from their performance."
"A concussion is an injury to the brain. Ninety percent of concussions occur without a loss of consciousness," said Christopher G. Vaughan, PsyD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist with the Children's National Medical Center. "If we think of the brain as a computer, a concussion is a software issue, not a hardware problem... With recovery, rest needs to be not just physical, but emotional and cognitive. A gradual return to play is important."
"We want to make the public know about proper management to handle concussions," added Jon Almquist ATC, VATL, Administrator, Fairfax County Public Schools Athletic Training Program. "We need to make sure there are plans in place and proper education for athletes, coaches, parents and trainers. We need to recognize what is a concussion and take it seriously."
Joseph F. Clark, Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati said, "Having a concussion puts the athlete at risk for second concussion syndrome which can be far worse. The same type of hit will have much more of an impact. Even with all the technology at our disposal, the best tool to assess brain injury is your own brain, which includes parents, coaches and trainers."
Bobbie Quinn, Co-founder and Principal Owner of Gladiator by SGI, a manufacturer of custom mouth guards, demonstrated how mouth guards can be utilized to mitigate the risk of youth concussion and her own experience as a parent in dealing with it. "My inspiration on this issue is my son who sustained a concussion playing ice hockey at 11 years old. It is a very traumatic thing to see your son laid out on the ice, not moving... Parents need to take control. A parent knows his/her child better than anyone and can recognize how best to use protective equipment."
"There is a necessary element of risk that comes with any contact sport," stated Robert Erb, CEO, of helmet-maker Schutt Sports and a Soccer and Football Coach. "We trade that risk for the values that we are getting, discipline, how to work as a team, or just the joy of executing a play properly. We now have to balance that with what we constitute as being unnecessary risks and that is simply enforcement of the rules... It is going to be the responsibility and cooperation of everyone to mitigate unnecessary risks."
"Based on the webcast feedback, it's obvious that SPCN has tapped into the intense and rapidly-growing concern in the athletic and medical community regarding the mitigation of concussion injuries in youth sports," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide. "We continue to see media pick-up and new registrations to view the archive of the event as it goes viral and we're preparing for an even larger audience for the January 27th webcast. We're pleased to have been selected to deploy our TV Worldwide Internet TV network to support this timely and important SPCN TV webcast series, and we commend the Sports Pro Community Network team for being a thought-leader on this issue."
"It was great to see the enthusiastic response we got for this important webcast from parents, athletes and the coaching community," remarked Wayne Cluff, spokesman for SPCN. "Based on this input, we'll soon be announcing our panelists and subjects for the next webcast in the series on this critical issue. We are excited about the opportunity to deploy the capabilities of our SPCN TV channel in working with TV Worldwide to create a robust forum for discussion with this webcast series."
This next national town hall event in this series will be webcast live beginning 2 PM ET, Thursday, January, 27th, 2011 at www.SPCN.TV. Visitors to the live webcast will be able to post questions to interviewees and participate in Q&A via e-mail, providing a fully interactive forum for sharing information.
About Sports Pro Community Network
SPCN is the online social networking Community for professionals serving sports at every level. SPCN's mission is to provide a platform for sports enthusiasts to collaborate with one another, share sports-related information, and promote themselves, their goods and services. SPCN simplifies the management, accessibility and integration of technologies such as Internet TV, social media, blogs, mobile, and e-commerce within the sport's arena. We also make it easy for users to connect their existing websites and social media feeds to our community. SPCN's marketplace Directory and support services offer powerful capabilities that extend brand visibility, increase awareness and build sales. SPCN's unique value proposition is a result of its singular focus on the resources needed by the sports community and an absolute commitment to ensuring that only the highest values of sports are promoted.
About TV Worldwide
Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 27 federal government agencies, and numerous International associations including the National Association of Broadcasters utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering 2007 through 2009. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).