Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Concussion Symposium in Brandon Tonight

An open public information symposium on preventing concussions in sports will take place in Brandon Wednesday night.

The subject matter will include how concussions occur, the damage they can cause and what can be done to prevent athletes from receiving brain injuries.

Spokesperson Fiona Jeffries believes the symposium will appeal to a wide range of people involved in all sports.

"People who are involved at some many levels, whether its playing, coaching, reffing, parents that are wanting to see young people coming up int he sport and want to support their play," says Jeffries, "When they're looking at their kids' game, they want them to succeed and be competitive players but they also want them coming home healthy at the end of the day."

Keynote speaker for Wednesday's symposium is athletic therapist and researcher Glen Bergeron, who is a professor at the University of Winnipeg's Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health.

"He's definitely someone that is connected on the sports side, understanding the physical impact of concussions but also doing some research into what are the long-term impacts of concussions and different ways of playing and managing the games in order to try and prevent and reduce the impact of concussion injuries."

There will also be an athlete panel at the sympoisum, which will include Moose Jaw Warriors' forward Brayden Cuthbert.

Cuthbert had his rookie season in the WHL end in late January because of a concussion.

The symposium is free and gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Inn.

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