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Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 11:30 AM EST

Exploring Brain+Body™ Connections

Gary Wilkerson, Ed.D., ATC, FNATA and Randy Cohen, DPT, ATC (Host) present and discuss the basics of how the brain and body work, from connectivity, to processing, to effects and ultimately optimization. Bringing research, education and clinical experience to expand your knowledge.




      Connectivity Within and Between Spatially Separated Brain Networks
      Dr. Wilkerson will discuss basic information on the areas of the brain and their connectivity to the body and resulting body control.
      Information Processing: Perception, Cognition, & Motor Control

      Central to cognitive science, neuroscience, and key to the way humans acquire, store, process, and use information, this webinar will explore Perception, Cognition, and Motor Control.

      The Effects of Concussion on Brain Microstructure and Function

      Doctors Wilkerson and Cohen will explore the need to reprogram the pathways between the brain + body post concussion, mTBI, and/or other head injuries.

      Optimizing the Integration of Brain-Body Neural Processing

      Given the critical need to optimize brain-body processing, in consideration of the increasing knowledge and research available, Drs. Wilkerson and Cohen will review recommended best practices, technologies, and tools that can contribute to optimizing the integration of brain-body neural processing.

          Meet the Panel

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          Gary Wilkerson

          Professor, UT Chattanooga

          Ed.D, ATC, FNATA

          About Dr. Wilkerson

          Gary Wilkerson is a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has taught in the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program since 1999. Clinical expertise acquired in a wide variety of practice settings has guided his research endeavors, which were were initially focused on management of chronic ankle instability. His work gradually transitioned to a broader interest in predictive modeling of elevated risk for lower extremity injury. His most recent research has been focused on development of clinical methods for identification of individuals who possess subtle perceptual-motor performance deficiencies that increase susceptibility to both sport-related concussion and musculoskeletal injury.

          The findings of his research have been published in numerous peer-reviewed sports medicine journals, with more than 2500 citations of his work by other authors. He was among the first scholars in his discipline to be designated as a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association when the honor was created in 2008. He was inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2016. The Research and Education Foundation of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded him its Medal for Distinguished Research in 2019.

          Dr. Wilkerson has received degrees from Eastern Kentucky University (1978), the University of Arizona (1979), and the University of Kentucky (1989).

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          Randy Cohen

          VP Clinical Education, Trazer Inc.

          DPT, AT

          About Dr. Cohen

          An early adopter of TRAZER for sports performance, Dr. Cohen served as Associate Athletic Director for the University of Arizona. Today, he works with TRAZER in the development of activities and advanced education. 

          Dr. Randy Cohen retired as the Associate Athletics Director for Medical Services at the University of Arizona in 2023. He currently is the Co-founder of the Excellence in Secondary School Athletic Training Certification Program, Co-owner of the PhysioShop AT, PT, and Welllness Center, and Vice President for Elite Performance & Clinical Education at TRAZER.

          Prior to his move to Arizona, Randy worked at Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. Randy has a degree in Athletic Training from Purdue University, a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois- Chicago, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons College.

          Randy is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer for numerous athletic training curricula. He is the former Chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) College and University Athletic Training Committee. He was the Chair of the NATA Risk Management and Liability Assessment Toolkit workgroup.

          Randy has given numerous presentations to the risk management and insurance association on managing concussions on college campuses along with numerous presentations on the treatment of concussions. He has worked with CDC on education for athletes with sickle cell trait. He was a participant at the 2015 UPMC/NFL Targeted Evaluation & Active Management (TEAM) Approach to Treating Concussions and co-author of the paper that came out of this summit.