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Concussion Speakers and Agenda Finalized for June 3 Ottawa Sport Summit

From the Ottawa Sports Council:

“We hope you will join the Ottawa Sport Council (OSC), in partnership with SIRC, Canada’s National Sport Information Resource Centre, for Let’s Talk About Concussions on Saturday, June 3rd at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club where we will advance the dialogue around the growing prevalence of concussions in sport through presentations, and round table discussions. It will also provide participants with the opportunity to network with peers to discuss this important issue.

Summit speakers will include:

  • Andrée-Anne Ledoux, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Pediatric Concussion), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Ian Mendes, Host, TSN 1200
  • Gordon Stringer, Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Legacy Project
  • Lorraine Lafreneiere, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada

Presentations will highlight the ongoing work and research regarding pediatric concussions and will provide a window into concussion experiences from a parent, coach and athlete perspective.

Let’s Talk About Concussions will be hosted by Julien Leblanc, President of Blueprint Management Consultants North America.

The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, of this Sport Summit.”

TO REGISTER, visit sportottawa.ca

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VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank Finds CTE in Four Former Junior Hockey Players

Dr. Ann McKee and her team at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank have diagnosed four former junior hockey players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the past two years. None of the four players advanced to the National Hockey League and all died before the age of 30.

“We are focusing on hockey now,” Dr. McKee said in an interview with TSN. “We’re really trying to put together our experience… We’re hoping hockey is not as high a risk as football where there are more impacts every game in a more predictable fashion, but [CTE prevalence] could be just as high in hockey.”

The story is here: http://www.tsn.ca/four-junior-hockey-players-diagnosed-with-cte-researcher-says-1.730445

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Curling Canada Adopts Concussion Policy for National Championship Events

Athletes who suffer suspected head injuries at Curling Canada-operated events will be subject to a return-to-play protocol, it was announced Friday at Curling Canada’s National Curling Congress in Cornwall, Ont.

It was part of a new set of guidelines surround head injuries and protection that are being recommended for adoption by Canadian curling centres.

The concussion protocol, though, will be mandatory for all athletes attending events operated by Curling Canada, and falls in line with protocols in place for other non-contact sports.

“With so much more attention being paid to the issue of head injuries, it was time that Curling Canada took a proactive approach before something along these lines happened at one of our events,” said Hugh Avery, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “Protecting our athletes is vitally important, and we all know the ice can be very unforgiving, so I’m happy to see that we have this protocol in place going forward.”

When an athlete falls during a game, and a head injury is suspected, the athlete will be required to be examined by a physician and undergo tests to determine whether a concussion has occurred. If no concussion is diagnosed, the athlete can return to the game. Otherwise, the athlete will be required to undergo and pass a five-step testing process, each requiring a minimum 24 hours, before being cleared to return to play by a physician.

“We appreciate Curling Canada’s efforts in making sure the curlers’ health and well-being over the long haul is protected as best as possible,” said Jon Mead, president of the World Curling Players Association. “Obviously, this would only be utilized in extreme circumstances, but it’s important that the protocol is in place to avoid what could be a tragedy if not treated correctly.”

While the return-to-play protocol applies only to Curling Canada events, the national governing body is recommending that the guidelines covering head injuries and protection be adopted by Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations as well as curling centres.

The guidelines cover such aspects as warm-ups that focus on stretching strengthening and improving balance; using proper equipment and making sure procedures are in place to detail with head injuries when they happen.

Additionally, the guidelines include a helmet policy that would strongly recommend using protective headgear, as well as grippers on both shoes (other than the player delivering the stone), for youth curlers 12 and under (unless they have two years of on-ice training), casual curlers (not in leagues) and curlers 65 and over.

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