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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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Advanced Concussion Training Key Topic at Coach Certification Clinic

The Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation recently held a coach certification clinic, where concussion expert Chris Nowinski served as the keynote speaker.

Nowinski, a former professional wrestler, had his career cut short by concussions.Chris-Nowinski-Headshot

“I didn’t recognize I was getting concussions at the beginning (of my career), so I just thought it was no big deal,” he said. “The sky would change colors or I would have double vision or I would have a splitting headache. I thought that was just normal.”

Nowinski was later treated by Dr. Robert Cantu, who helped alleviate the symptoms. A bond was formed as together the two men formed Sports Legacy Institute. Today, Nowinski is a beacon for concussion awareness.

“It is critical that we get this message to coaches, especially youth,” Nowinski said. “They don’t have the medical support to help diagnose a very complex injury. Kids are most vulnerable to concussions, and it’s most important to diagnose it when they’re young.”

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