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Contact Information
Carla Killough McClafferty
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (501) 993-0434
Program Title
Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues with Author Carla Killough McClafferty
Program Type
Individual Program
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
Minimum Number of Participants
no minumum
Primary Disciplines
Community Interests, Health/Physical Education, Sciences, Technology/Information Science
Program Description
This session is based on the book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment, by award winning nonfiction author, Carla Killough McClafferty. In this session we will take a look back at the early days of the game and discuss the 1905 football season, a time when football was considered so lethal that many wanted to outlaw the game. It took the actions of President Teddy Roosevelt and a major overhaul of the rules of football to save the game. Today football is facing a different type of crisis: concussions. We will discuss what a concussion is, what it isn’t, what the latest medical research reveals about repetitive head injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (the condition found in brains of some NFL players), along with some personal stories of football players.
Program Format
1. We will begin by interacting about what the students know about concussions, and what they have heard in the news about concussions.

2. By looking at slides of historic football games and players, we will put the game in historic context and discuss what football means to communities and fans. We will talk about the deadly 1905 football season and why the game was almost outlawed. We will briefly discuss the rule changes that came to be at this point in time.

3. We will discuss what a concussion is, what it is not, and the reasons it has become an unavoidable issue today.

4. Showing images of brains, brain scans, and football players I will share the latest medical evidence and the latest research being done to study high school football players.

5. I will explain the issues that fill news reports today surrounding NFL players whose brains reveal they had been suffering with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

6. We will discuss the list of concussion symptoms and return to play protocols so athletes can be better understand the issues of concussions.
1. The participant will gain knowledge about concussions.
2. The participant will learn the signs and symptoms of concussion, the importance of proper treatment following a concussion, and suggested return to play protocols.
3. The participant will understand why concussions have become an unavoidable issue in the world of sports on all levels.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
Health Promotion And Disease Prevention, Health Information, Products And Services, Reducing Health Risks, Influences On Health, Using Communication Skills To Promote Health, Science As Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, Science And Technology, Personal And Social Perspectives, Social, Ethical And Human Issues, Technology Research Tools, Technology Problem- Solving And Decision-Making Tools
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
1 hour for grades 4 through 12
Program Cost
By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00
Program Fee Notes
The price is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.
Cancellation Policy
We make every effort to rebook. However, a last minute cancellation, with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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