Photos & videos from events
Ricky Williams, former Miami Dolphins running back, and contestant on NBC's 2017 season of 'The New Celebrity Apprentice' competed to raise funds and awareness for CranioSacral Therapy and its benefits to those suffering from concussion, CTE and other related injuries.
Ricky, who played professional football for 12 seasons, and like all players, suffered repeated trauma to his head and body during his career, strongly supports CranioSacral Therapy. Since 2014, he has partnered with the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation on concussion programs designed for football players with a predisposition to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and post concussion syndrome.
Ricky Williams appeared at and emceed the Foundation's donor appreciation viewing party at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place on Monday, January 16th.
Sally Fryer, tDPT, CST-D, SIPT Certified
Melinda Roland MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D
George Visger, BS, Wildlife Biologist, TBI Consultant, National Football League Athlete (Retired)
Sally, Melinda and George did a Poster Presentation showing the results from The Ricky Williams Concussion Project that was conducted at the Upledger Institute.
The Poster Results were prepared by Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D.
The 4th Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference was held February 5-7, 2015 Santa Clara, California. In attendance was an audience of around 500 rehabilitation professionals representing a variety of disciplines as well as individuals with brain injury, family members, and caregivers.
Sally, George and Melinda setting up the Poster Presentation.
Melinda, Forensic Pathologist Bennet Omalu, MD., and Sally. Dr. Omalu coined the term Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Will Smith will be playing him in upcoming movie called "Concussion." Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury.
Stephanie Mckenna, MD (coordinator for the event and head of Santa Clara Valley Brain Trauma Center), Melinda, and George... after hours. It was a great conference!!!
Feedback from Sally Fryer:
I think the conference went GREAT!!! And actually we had a lot of interest!!! I was talking to people non-stop about the project... so many seeds planted. It was interesting to me how few people even knew what "manual therapy" was, let alone CST, VM or Lymph work... so lots of education. I gave out the website and phone # to many people!!! I didn't get any skeptics questioning me on treatment or results... people mainly just seemed impressed and wanted to learn more.
Come to Beyond The Dura Conference to hear more about the Ricky Williams Concussion Project - how the participants are doing - and what we will can all do next!