CCA Announces 2022 Health and Safety Summit
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference will host a health and safety summit in partnership with the ACC Sports Medicine Association, May 2-3, at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. The two-day summit will provide an opportunity for sports coaches, team physicians, nutritionists, mental health practitioners, sports performance coaches and others within the health and ACC Sport Performance to collaborate and share best practices.
The summit features a mix of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and practitioner meetings. Participants representing all ACC institutions are registered.
This year’s program builds on the momentum of the ACC Mental Health Summit, which was first held in 2019 in Durham, North Carolina and then held virtually over the last two years. Based on the success of these events, the ACC has expanded the scope of this year’s summit to include a variety of healthcare professionals and a wide range of topics.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes continues to be an important priority for the ACC and our 15 member institutions,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “This summit is a comprehensive program that addresses key issues affecting our student-athletes and provides meaningful commentary and dialogue from many of college sport’s most respected health professionals. It is extremely important that our members come together and work tirelessly in these areas, and we are proud of the difference this will make for our student-athletes, our institutions and our communities.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Thomas Dompier, Dr. LaTisha Bader, Dr. Doug Aukerman and Dr. Cameron Wolfe with sessions focusing on injury surveillance, drug screening and suicide prevention, among others.
The ACC Health and Safety Summit is another program that demonstrates the league’s commitment to serving the student-athlete. In November, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a joint initiative called “Teammates for Mental Health”, to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness among their more than 27,000 student-athletes. . All three conferences continue to dedicate resources to mental health, including the establishment of dedicated task forces and cabinets comprised of mental health professionals on the campuses of the 41 world-class institutions that include the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12. The Alliance’s Teammates for Mental Health initiative included a public service announcement (PIA) featuring women’s and men’s basketball head coaches and commissioners from all three conferences.
The ACC formed a Mental Health Task Force in 2018 to provide recommendations for mental health support and education in each of its 15 member institutions. The following year, the league hosted its first ACC Mental Health and Wellness Summit, which focused on best practices in integrative care and strategies to break the stigma around mental health. Guest speakers included Kym and Mark Hilinski of Hilinski’s Hope and former WNBA No. 1 draft pick Chamique Holdsclaw.
In 2020, the conference distributed a series of videos and educational materials throughout Mental Health Awareness Month (May) and held two QPR (Question, Persuasion, Refer) virtual workshops on suicide prevention.
In 2021, the conference hosted a virtual summit that addressed the effects and takeaways of navigating a pandemic and a year of social unrest. The ACC also provides the Calm meditation app to all student-athletes, coaches and staff for additional support.