Silent but Violent: How to Sniff Out and Prevent Brain Injuries


Silent but Violent: How to Sniff Out and Prevent Brain Injuries

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Registration Fee:

$15 for NATA Members, $25 for non-members


Thursday, March 28, 2013


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST


Darcy L. Keith, BS, AU, AIS, CTM
NCAA Registered Speaker
Professional Speaker, Darcy L. Keith Enterprises

Stacy Struble, MA, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Club Sports, University of San Diego
Certified Athletic Trainer 2009-2012, US Soccer Federation


Known as “The Queen of Survival", Darcy Keith is an internationally recognized expert in brain injury and overcoming adversity.  Sustaining two severe traumatic brain injuries when she was the only backseat survivor in her fatal car crash as a college senior, Darcy had to learn how to begin life again - mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.  Since she has overcome her many life-altering experiences with success, she gladly shares her secrets with others.
For the past eighteen years, Darcy has be a leading national speaker on brain injury prevention in high schools and colleges with the organization, ThinkFirst. As the only NCAA Registered Speaker who has a program on the topic of brain injury, Darcy is an award-winning keynote speaker for seminars, conferences, and corporate meetings, with recently speaking to the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens rookies as part of the NFL’s Rookie Success Program. She has also appeared on various television and radio venues around the country, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.  Darcy is a contributing author to three books and has published numerous articles.

Stacy Struble, Darcy’s college roommate, friend and sorority sister was also a passenger in that crash.  Overcoming her own injuries and demons following the accident, with the support of the athletic training staff, educators and her fellow students at Ball State University, she never lost sight of her professional goal.  As a certified athletic trainer for 20 years, Stacy has experienced the evolution of concussion management and continues to ask the tough questions to benefit her colleagues and ultimately, the athletes they care for.
Stacy’s professional career has included work with athletes in every level of the game.  She has traveled domestically and internationally supporting teams such as the USA Canoe & Kayak National Team, USA Softball National Team, USA Beach Volleyball, US Soccer, USA Rugby, USA Paralympic and Olympic Medalists and Hopefuls.  She was a volunteer provider for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.  Stacy was on staff for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympics and supported Team USA at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. 
Whether working with athletes in youth sports, high school, NCAA, elite level sports or in her current role as the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of San Diego, Campus Recreation and Sports Clubs, Stacy’s focus is on the safety and education of the athletes she is working with. 


In the blink of an eye, your whole world can change based on the choices we make.  Having spoken on brain injury prevention for over 17 years, Darcy Keith blends her incredibly powerful personal story into a game plan on how to prevent concussions and what to do after experiencing one.  Her friend and co-presenter, Certified Athletic Trainer, Stacy Struble, will discuss the sports perspective and what we need to do as professionals to continue to develop safe practices and education plans in our communities.  

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Know exactly what a brain injury is and isn’t,
  • Types of and ways to prevent and reduce brain injuries,
  • Steps to take after experiencing a brain injury to prevent further injury.
  • Develop a plan in your community to work with local physicians, coaches, educators and parents to manage concussion recovery.

Athletic Training Domain:

Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness 
Organizational & Professional Health and Well Being

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