Remembering Jake Snakenberg: Brain Injury Awareness Month 2021


It’s March and that means it’s Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s easy for many of us to see the many patients who come into our practices or we evaluate on the sidelines and help guide them through their evaluation and recovery from their concussion. But as a pediatric sports physician who has a huge interest in concussions, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the significance of this month for those families who have unfortunately lost a child to a brain injury sustained in sports. Today on the podcast, I am honored to be joined by the mother of a young man who lost his life to a brain injury sustained in football as well as a prominent school psychologist who partnered with this mom to turn the loss into a positive for many other young athletes who have suffered concussions over the almost last 2 decades.


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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Kelli Janz - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadKelli Janz

Kelli Jantz is the mother of the late Jake Snakenberg and a transplant nurse and coordinator. She has worked in the transplant side of medicine for over 30 years. She tragically lost her son to a brain injury sustained while playing the sport of football in 2004. Kelli has been a tireless advocate for sensible concussion management and prompt recognition of concussion.

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Karen McAvoy: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadKaren McAvoy: 

Dr. Karen McAvoy is a dually credentialed clinical and school psychologist. She practiced as a pediatric psychologist at both Seattle and Denver Children’s Hospital and as the Director of the  Center for Concussion at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. She also practiced as a school psychologist for 20 years and as a consultant to the Colorado Department of Education for an additional 10 years in the areas of brain injury and neuro-diversity on learning and behavior. She is the author of REAP, an interdisciplinary team approach to concussion. Currently she is seeing adults and children with various brain injury severities half-time in Fort Collins, Colorado and also travels the country providing training on Return to Learn to schools. Connect with Karen McAvoy now!

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