Speakers Discuss Cutting Edge Research At Huffines Discussion 5

Written by: Ashley Green (cehdcomm@tamu.edu)
Post date: November 23, 2015

Eight of the world’s leading speakers in sports medicine and human performance took the stage at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center Friday to discuss their cutting edge research in Texas A&M’s Huffines Discussion 5 (HD5).  The event, hosted by the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance and sponsored by the Department of Health and Kinesiology was also streamed live to 30 satellite sites across the country.

Each expert was given 15 minutes to discuss their subject matter and answer questions from discussion attendees.

A former Texas A&M linebacker and NFL player used his personal experiences on and off the field to shed light on the importance of sports medicine.  Reggie Brown was selected in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.  Two years later, Brown suffered a spinal cord injury during a tackle in the final game of the season.  He was unconscious and stopped breathing for a minute and a half.  Brown had surgery and eventually regained the use of his arms and legs.

Now, 18 years later, Brown shared his story and what it was like the day his career ended and the long road to recovery that followed.  Brown went through years of rehabilitation where he had to re-learn simple tasks like brushing his teeth.  He said the most difficult part was going from having the ultimate body control to having zero control.  Brown said he knows he would not be where he is today without the support of his family and the medical staff that helped with his recovery.

Other speakers at HD5 included:

Dr. Claude Bouchard from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  His research deals with the genetics of adaptation to exercise and nutritional challenges as well as the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities.

Dr. Anthony Hackney from the University of North Carolina.  His research focuses on how physical, environmental and emotional stress affects the hormonal responses of the endocrine system.

Dr. Larry Kenney from Penn State University.  His research involves human physiological responses to extreme conditions of exercise, heat and cold stresses and dehydration, with a focus on the impiact of aging and disease states on these responses.

Dr. Mindy Millard-Stafford from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her research focuses primarily on optimal strategies for athletes to effectively utilize training and nutrition ton increase both performance and safety in challenging environments.

Dr. Darrell Neufer from East Carolina University.  His research focuses on the primary underlying causes of obesity-induced diabetes.

Kevin Spencer an illusionist and researcher.  His research focuses on the use of the arts, specifically magic, in development and quality of life.

Dr. Janice L. Thompson from the University of Birmingham, UK.  Her research interests include working with high-risk groups in community-based settings to examine the determinants of physical activity and healthy eating amongst individuals and families.

“The speakers were all great and delivered a diversity of messages,” said Dr. Tim Lightfoot, director of the Huffines Institute.  “We had approximately 650 people in the auditorium and over 500 at the satellite sites, so when we can reach over 1,100 people at one time with great messages, we’ve accomplished our mission!”

This annual event is part of the Huffines Institute’s mission to connect sports scientists, practitioners and the public in conversations about sports medicine and human performance.

For more information about the Huffines Institute, visit tx.ag/huffines.