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Povich Panel Considers Sports Risk and Safety

February 20, 2013

Dave Ottalini 301-405-4076

Povich Center 301-405-4605

The Shirly Povich Center for Sports JournalismCOLLEGE PARK, Md. - Just how risky is playing sports? The Shirly Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland will hear from a wide variety of voices on this issue during a panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 27. The 7 p.m. event at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism on campus features a panel of media, media professionals and players from the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.

The topics will range from Robert Griffin III's now infamous playoff game and subsequent injuries to the ever-evolving concussion issue in professional and amateur athletics to how children and their parents deal with the risks of playing sports.

Panelists Include Haas, Sansiveri, Hallenbeck, "Doc" Walker, O'Donnell, Hyman
Dr. Stephen A. Haas is a retired physician for the Wizards, Capitals and Nationals as well as the former medical director of NFL Player Benefits. He will use his experience from years of treating professional athletes to discuss first-hand knowledge of the effect professional sports have on athletes.

Representing the NFLPA will be Sean Sansiveri who is staff council for the players association as well as an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University Sports Management program.

Scott Hallenbeck is the executive Director of USA Football, which is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and is emphasizing a new approach to what they call "a better, safer game."

Rick "Doc" Walker who is a commentator for ESPN 980 and Comcast SportsNet brings perspective from the playing field as a retired football player who spent his playing-years with the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.

Katie O'Donnell, who played field hockey for the 2012 Olympic team in London, as well as the University of Maryland, also brings perspective from the playing field as well as coaching as the student-assistant for the University of Maryland.

Rounding out the panel is Mark Hyman, the author of "Until it Hurts," a book about America's obsession with youth sports, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University teaching sports law, sports communication and sports management.

The panel will be moderated by George Solomon, the director of the Shirley Povich Center and long-time Washington Post sports editor.

The event in Knight Hall's Richard Eaton Auditorium is free and open to the public. For more information, please email or call 301-405-4605.