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

by  Author Carla Killough McClafferty

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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

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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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Author Carla Killough McClafferty

Benton, AR
United States

Carla Killough McClafferty is a popular presenter for interactive video conferences, and is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young readers. She began providing interactive video conferences in 2011, and has worked with classrooms of students all over the United States and in countries around the world. McClafferty offers a wide variety of topics for video conferences. Some of her programs are based on books she has authored and others are programs that teach research / writing skills. She can customize a program that fits the needs of your audience. 

In addition to online videoconferencing, she has provided many in person presentations for wide variety of local, national, and international venues. She has been a featured speaker at teacher workshops and conferences including ALA, AASL, NCTE, and IRA. She has been a keynote speaker for a variety of organizations including CSpan 2 Book TV, Mount Vernon’s Ford Book Talk Series, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. Consulate in Marseille, France, and many more.

Books by Carla Killough McClafferty include:

Spies in the American Revolution

Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

A Short Biography of George Washington

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment

Tech Titans

The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

Something Out of Nothing:  Marie Curie and Radium 

The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone:  The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray


Her books have been recognized for excellence by the Junior Library Guild, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the CBC, New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age List, IRA Children’s Book Award Winner, a NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, ALA Best Books for Young Adult List, ALA Amelia Bloomer Project List, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Council of Social Studies/Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Booklist Top Ten Sci-Tech books, NCTE Orbis Pictus recommended book, an International 2008 Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, Cooperative Children's Book Council (CCBC) Choices 2009 list, Arkansas’s 2008-2009 Charlie May Simon Reading List, American Library Association Notables Nominee, School Library Journal Best Books of 2011, Moonbeam Children's Book Award silver medal winner, Society of School Librarians Honor Book, BCCB Guide Book to Gift Books, and BCCB 2011 Blue Ribbon List. Her books have received starred reviews in School Library JournalBooklist and Jewish Book World, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.  

Carla McClafferty

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