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Podcast and Webinars

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on the daily. Aveshka has partnered with the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) to bring you up to the minute insights from leading experts on the health and medical aspects of sports and entertainment. This podcast and webinar series will unpack the latest on critical issues such as COVID-19 vaccinations to testing strategies for players and employees. It will also explore issues and areas beyond the pandemic, helping us return to work, play, and spectate safely and efficiently.

COVID-19 Bringing Youth Sports Back

Aired: 21 April 2021

Podcast Version: COMING SOON

Podcast and Webinar Transcript

There have been more recent news and studies about youth sports and the risk of spreading COVID-19 in these venues which have brought a great deal of concern to parents and those who work with our nation’s youth. Dr. Til Jolly, Aveshka’s Chief Medical Officer and IIFX Distinguished Fellow and Medical Task Force Chair, sits down with Skip Gilbert, CEO of US Youth Soccer. In this podcast, Mr. Gilbert sheds insight into the effects of COVID-19 on his organization and how the game of soccer, sports in general, and how our young athletes have been affected by the pandemic. They discuss the issues, and the precautions US Soccer took to ensure the safety of children when playing – at both indoor and outdoor venues, while taking into account the variances of state rules and mandates when competing. This podcast provides insights, guidance, and safe practices that are applicable not just for soccer, but for all youth sports as we continue navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, deal with variants of the virus, and prepare for future waves.

Performance Sports and Event Medicine

Aired: 26 March 2021

Podcast Version: COMING SOON

Podcast and Webinar Transcript – COMING SOON

In this week’s Podcast, Aveshka Chief Medical Officer and IIFX Medical Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Til Jolly meets with Dr. TK Miller, Vice Chairman, Orthopaedic Surgery Chief, Section of Sports Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Chair of IRONMAN’s Global Medical Advisory Board. Their discussion surrounds the impacts of COVID-19 on elite athlete performance and management of sporting events. Dr. Miller draws on his knowledge of IRONMAN triathalon athletes and its event operations to bring insight into what high performing, elite athletes need to know to manage themselves in the current COVID-19 situation. He sheds insight critical considerations that event organizers must take into account in order to hold sporting events that ensure the overall safety of the athletes, spectators, and persons supporting the event.

The Latest on Vaccines – Implications for Getting Back Together

Aired: 19 March 2021

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.   Nine months later, the four vaccines debuted in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia.  The United States has since added another vaccine to the world’s public health arsenal in the fight against COVID-19 – more are certain to follow.  The challenge is to overcome vaccine hesitancy so that the world can reach a level of herd immunity sufficient to interrupt the spread of COVID-19 so that we no longer fear it.  For the sports and entertainment industry, herd immunity makes it possible to return to work, play, and spectate.

Dr. Til Jolly, Aveshka’s Chief Medical Officer and IIFX Distinguished Fellow, welcomes Dr. Bruce Gellin, the President of Global Immunization for the Sabin Vaccine Institute to discuss the latest on vaccines and the implications for getting back together with family and our larger community.  He addresses vaccination and its role in helping the sports and entertainment industry return to work, play, and spectate.

Dr. Gellin served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he was the principle technical, strategic and policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on all aspects of the National Vaccine Program. In this role, Dr. Gellin served as a technical and policy advisor to the World Health Organization, focusing on influenza vaccines and global issues of vaccine hesitancy.

Youth and Mental Health During COVID-19: Getting Back on Track

Aired: 11 March 2021

One year ago this week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Dr. Til Jolly, Aveshka’s Chief Medical Officer and IIFX Distinguished Fellow, touches base with Dr. Molly O’Shea, Pediatrician, Parent Coach, Writer, and Speaker (www.drmollyoshea.com) to examine how youth mental health has fared under year one of the pandemic. Dr. O’Shea emphasizes for parents, coaches, school leaders, or anyone that works with children, the criticality of addressing youth mental health issues and encouraging those that need help to get it. She also discusses how a safe return to sports and activities are a crucial step to getting our youth’s mental and physical welfare back on track.

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