Penn Athletics Announces New Silverstein Holistic Wellness and Concussion Center

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced the construction of the Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 Holistic Wellness and Concussion Center, the latest innovation in Penn Athletics Sports Performance.

The Silverstein Wellness and Concussion Center -- which will be the first of its kind among the Ivy League institutions when it opens later this month -- further highlights Penn Athletics’ commitment to empower student-athlete excellence (personal and athletic) by providing a diverse set of medical and wellness services in an all-inclusive space with dedicated staff conducting customized programming.  This state-of-the-art facility will be housed on the second floor of the Frey Athletic Training Room, in the East end of historic Franklin Field.

In the area of concussion research, the Silverstein Wellness and Concussion Center will provide space for development of concussion research and current projects including the Ivy League/Big Ten Concussion Study and Penn’s involvement with the NCAA/Department of Defense Sport Related Concussion Study.

The Silverstein Wellness and Concussion Center will also house Penn’s Bodpod Testing area. This technology tests for optimal athletic body composition and allows for precision programming by Penn’s full-time Sports Nutritionist. There will be office space for Penn’s head athletic trainer and its sports nutritionist, and provide appropriate space for private meetings with student-athletes. There will also be a private area specifically designated for consultations with clinically certified Sports Psychologists.

The physical space will include a conference area to enable integral collaboration among Penn Sports Performance professionals, allowing for professional development and in-service opportunities with Penn Med physicians and other medical partners associated with the Sports Performance program. In this way, Penn’s Sports Performance staff will enhance its growing partnership with Penn Medicine -- which already has a fully operational Penn Sports Medicine facility within the Penn Athletics footprint -- and facilitate communication between these two departments in the areas of research, evaluation and analysis.

“The Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 Holistic Wellness and Concussion Center truly embodies universal care for our student-athletes,” said Calhoun. “The ability to provide a space that is all-inclusive within our athletic facilities allows us to provide the gold standard in comprehensive care and at the same time serve to elevate athletic performance. I firmly believe this space will be an area of differentiation with its distinguishing set of resources. Howard and Patricia Silverstein’s generosity will provide a complete, positive experience to every one of our athletes for years to come.”

Howard A. Silverstein is a member of the Athletics Board of Overseers and, while an undergraduate student at Wharton, was head manager of Penn’s sprint football team and associate head manager of the varsity football team. He is also an overseer of Penn’s School of Design. His wife, Patricia, is an overseer of Penn’s School of Nursing. “We are extremely excited for the Silverstein Holistic Wellness and Concussion Center, as we foresee the great impact it will provide to our student-athletes,” said Scarlett Schneider, Executive Director of Development for Penn Athletics. “Howie’s leadership and support within Penn Athletics is inspiring.”

“I am thrilled to provide Penn Athletics with an innovative, state-of-the art facility that not only improves the care and management of concussions, but also takes care of Penn’s student-athletes as a whole,” said Silverstein. “Today’s athletes deserve integrated care. This facility will make a difference to all of our student-athletes, now and for the future.”