The NFL Super Bowl Health and Safety Medical Summit was held on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium. Hosted by the National Football League, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and UNLV Health in partnership with the NFL, the day-long conference brought together top medical experts from both organizations to discuss a range of sports medicine topics.
Leading the summit were NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills and Dean Mark J. Kan from the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. Among the topics discussed were concussion protocol and management, innovations in protective equipment, injury reduction, emergency medical management, improved training practices, and supporting the next generation of sports medicine talent.
The summit was attended by physicians and athletic trainers from across the state, as well as Kirk Kerkorian Medical School alumni and medical students. Participants were eligible to receive continuing medical education credit for attending the summit or a certificate of attendance for non-physician participants that could count toward elective credit.
Dr. Sills emphasized how grateful he was to have this opportunity to gather with his colleagues in sports medicine to discuss new research, innovation and improvements in practice ahead of another successful NFL season coming to an end. Meanwhile, Dean Kan expressed his pleasure at partnering with the NFL to host some of the leading experts in sports medicine at UNLV’s Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine. He noted that this aligned perfectly with the school’s mission to provide elite-level training not only for their medical students but also for all practitioners attending the Super Bowl Medical Summit.
Overall, attendees left feeling inspired by the ongoing commitment to information sharing, innovation and providing high-quality patient care by sports medicine leaders across all settings.