NCAA Chief Medical Officer to Speak at Methodist University

Methodist University’s Institute for Sport Science and Wellness will host Dr. Brian Hainline, chief medical officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Monday, Nov. 9. Hainline will speak on “Health and Medical Issues in Sports” at 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Lecture Hall in the Physician Assistant Building on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

As the NCAA’s first chief medical officer, Hainline oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence, whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster lifelong physical and mental development. His recent studies have been featured in the national media and range in topics from concussion detection to the mental health of athletes. He joined the NCAA in this position in 2013. In the Sept. 28 issue of Sports Illustrated, Hainline discussed one of his upcoming studies, due to be released in January, about athletes’ mental health and best practices in that field.

“As the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, Dr. Hainline brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of topics regarding student-athlete welfare and innovative thoughts on the future of sports in America,” stated Vice President and Director of Athletics Bob McEvoy.

Dr. Hainline has been actively involved in sports medicine for more than 20 years. He co-authored the book “Drugs and the Athlete,” and has served on the New York State Athletic Commission, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, Sports Neurology Section. Currently, he is the clinical professor of neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center. He also is on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists and the National Council on Youth Sports Safety, and sits on the Pop Warner Football Medical research Subcommittee. He is a founding member of the International Tennis Performance Association Certification Commission.