Third Annual Concussion Summit to be Held April 23-24 in Niagara Falls

The third annual Concussion Summit will be held April 23-24 at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The keynote speakers include:

Sean Pronger — a Canadian former professional ice-hockey player who grew up in Dryden, Ontario, and played in the National Hockey League from 1995 to 2004.

Dr. Charles H. Tator — Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, and founder of ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury foundation.

Dr. T. Blaine Hoshizaki – developer of the Neurotrauma Impact Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa with the following vision: “Head injuries will become a rare and inconsequential part of athletic and leisure activities.”

Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg – a Pediatric Emergency Physician, she has a special research interest in concussion, particularly parent and health care provider knowledge of concussion and its management.

Dr. Patrick J. Bishop — Professor, Department of Kinesiology, at the University of Waterloo, with a research interest in trying to understand the mechanics associated with catastrophic injury, especially those to the cervical spine and head and on how to reduce the risk associated with such injuries.

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Center Gets Proactive, Aims to Reduce Youth Concussion Risks

The Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (JCCC), a collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute, and Wills Eye Hospital, has partnered with the Brandywine Youth Club (BYC) in an effort to raise awareness and educate young athletes on the dangers of concussion, according to a Pennsylvania Website (

The JCCC will provide free education and ImPACT baseline testing to all 3000 of BYC’s athletes. The partnership is designed to promote comprehensive, proactive concussion care and education to the student/athlete, parent, coach and community, according to the site.

“While coaching this year, I made it mandatory for my girls’ soccer team players and parents to become aware of concussion and the impact it could have on them,” Linda Mazzoli, JCCC director, BYC soccer coach, and mother of three BYC athletes, said in a press release. “We provided educational opportunities and access to ImPACT testing prior to them starting the season. It was then that I realized that not only my team, but all of the children and parents should have access to this level of education and awareness.”

Dave Wrzesniewski, the player/parent representative for BYC said the club and its board appreciate the opportunity to partner with the JCCC.

“The program at Jefferson offers a comprehensive approach to the education, prevention and treatment of concussions,” he said. “BYC is focused on ensuring the safety of all of our athletes, especially when it comes to concussions. We’d like to thank the JCCC for this opportunity and their generous support.”

As part of the agreement, the JCCC will provide the following for the BYC community:

  • Basic education for parents and athletes of all levels, including concussion recognition, signs and symptoms, concussion avoidance and what to do when you suspect concussion.
  • Advanced education for coaches that will focus on coach accountability of understanding concussions, but also their role in removing athletes and returning athletes to play.
  • Baseline Screening Program for all athletes.
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OHSAA Confirms that Girls Soccer Is ‘Starting to Rival Football’

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has reported the frequency of concussions in girls soccer is “starting to rival football,” according to Tim Stried, Director of Communication for the OHSAA.

Stried also noted that while the majority of concussions in football happen during games, practices are more dangerous in soccer.

“Soccer practice in most cases is very similar to the game as far as the speed, the collision of the ball with the head that is very similar to what you will see in the game,” he said.

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