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2017 Youth Sports Safety Conference and Gala


July 13-14, 2017

Presented by the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS)

2017 Youth Sports Safety Conference and Gala

Learn strategies to help prevent youth sports-related injuries, protect the health of pediatric athletes, and improve physical literacy. Join us as we work together to find better ways to let kids participate in the activities they love.

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Keynote speakers

Trajan Langdon

Trajan Langdon is the assistant general manager of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, serving in that position since March 2016.

Langdon joined the Nets after having served as the director of player administration and basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While with the Cavaliers, Langdon worked closely with the team’s general manager on various basketball and front office matters, and with their community relations team on player programs. He was responsible for pro player personnel reporting for opponents, college, and NBA Development League scouting. Langdon began his front-office career with the San Antonio Spurs, serving as a pro scout from 2012-15, including their 2013-14 championship season.

A first-round pick (11th overall) of the Cavaliers in 1999, Langdon played three seasons with Cleveland, where he totaled 119 games and became the first Alaskan to play in the NBA. Following his stint in the NBA, Langdon played nine seasons in Russia, Turkey, and Italy. His best years came with CSKA Moscow, where he was a two-time Euroleague champion (2006, 2008), Euroleague Final Four MVP (2008), two-time All-Euroleague First Team selection (2007, 2008), and All-Euroleague Second Team selection (2006). He was also named to the Euroleague 2001-10 All-Decade Team.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Langdon was a McDonald's All-American and the recipient of the Dial Award, given to the nation's top male and female student-athlete. He played collegiately at Duke University, where he left as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made. He was a First-Team All-ACC selection (1997-99) and consensus Second-Team All-American (1999). After graduating from Duke with degrees in mathematics and history, he played for the USA Basketball National Team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.

In addition to being considered the greatest basketball player ever from the state of Alaska, Langdon was drafted out of high school by the San Diego Padres and played professional baseball in their minor league system during his summers at Duke.

Considered one of the hottest rising executives in the NBA, Langdon and his wife, Tatiana, have three children, a daughter, Anya, and two sons, Tayden and Troy. He has a personal passion for helping youth and promoting the value of education and participation in sports.

Brian Hainline, M.D.

Dr. Hainline is the first chief medical officer of the NCAA, overseeing its Sports Science Institute. For over 20 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine including as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, and serving as chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association.

Bob Sallis, MD, FACSM

Dr. Sallis serves as the chairman for the international Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is a past-recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine.

Avery Faigenbaum, BS, MS, EdD

Dr. Faigenbaum is a world-renowned professor at The College of New Jersey where he teaches a range of courses covering health promotion, exercise prescription, and clinical exercise physiology. His research interests focus on pediatric exercise science, resistance exercise, and preventive medicine. This involves exercise interventions in public schools and youth centers to understand changes in health, fitness, and athleticism in children and adolescents. In 2014, he was invited to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland to develop guidelines on youth athletic development.

Alexandra “Ali” Flury

As the Sports Safety Manager for Safe Kids Worldwide, Flury is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the sports safety program elements for the Safe Kids network of over 400 U.S. coalitions. With the goal to change the culture and promote a safer environment for youth sports, Flury continues to expand and enhance the national program targeted to parents, coaches, and caregivers with evidence-based research, advocacy, and awareness from the injury prevention field.

In addition to respected national and international Vanderbilt faculty other featured presenters include

  • Dr. Allen Sills, Chief Medical Officer of the National Football League (NFL)
  • Zach Jackson, Hockey Manager of the Nashville Predator’s Ford Ice Center
  • Gabriel Brooks, Sports Physical Therapy Director at Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Candice Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Deputy Athletic Director of Vanderbilt University
  • Mark Reeves, Assistant Executive Director, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA)
  • Gary Wilkerson, Professor in Graduate Athletic Training Program at UT Chattanooga
  • Bob Mueller, Co-Anchor and Host, WKRN News 2 / ABC
  • Coach Jerry Joslin, Goodpasture Christian School
  • Rachael Heitmann, Injury Prevention Section Chief, Tennessee Department of Health

Last Edited: July 17, 2017
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