Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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This session is based on the book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment, by award winning nonfiction author, Carla Killough McClafferty. In this session we will take a look back at the early days of the game and discuss the 1905 football season, a time when football was considered so lethal that many wanted to outlaw the game. It took the actions of President Teddy Roosevelt and a major overhaul of the rules of football to save the game. Today football is facing a different type of crisis: concussions. We will discuss what a concussion is, what it isn’t, what the latest medical research reveals about repetitive head injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (the condition found in brains of some NFL players), along with some personal stories of football players.

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By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00

The price is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.


1 hour for grades 4 through 12

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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no minumum

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Health/Physical Education, Sciences, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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We make every effort to rebook. However, a last minute cancellation, with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. We will begin by interacting about what the students know about concussions, and what they have heard in the news about concussions.

2. By looking at slides of historic football games and players, we will put the game in historic context and discuss what football means to communities and fans. We will talk about the deadly 1905 football season and why the game was almost outlawed. We will briefly discuss the rule changes that came to be at this point in time.

3. We will discuss what a concussion is, what it is not, and the reasons it has become an unavoidable issue today.

4. Showing images of brains, brain scans, and football players I will share the latest medical evidence and the latest research being done to study high school football players.

5. I will explain the issues that fill news reports today surrounding NFL players whose brains reveal they had been suffering with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

6. We will discuss the list of concussion symptoms and return to play protocols so athletes can be better understand the issues of concussions.


1. The participant will gain knowledge about concussions.
2. The participant will learn the signs and symptoms of concussion, the importance of proper treatment following a concussion, and suggested return to play protocols.
3. The participant will understand why concussions have become an unavoidable issue in the world of sports on all levels.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Health Promotion And Disease Prevention, Health Information, Products And Services, Reducing Health Risks, Influences On Health, Using Communication Skills To Promote Health, Science As Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, Science And Technology, Personal And Social Perspectives, Social, Ethical And Human Issues, Technology Research Tools, Technology Problem- Solving And Decision-Making Tools