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Session 1

10:00 am to 12:30 pm EST, Wednesday, March 1, 2023

A retrospective on concussions over the years: A fireside chat with Dr. Charles Tator and Debra Gassewitz.

  • Charles Tator, OC, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS,
    • Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto,
    • Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital,
    • Founder, ThinkFirst Canada and Parachute Canada; Director, Canadian Concussion Centre.
  • Debra Gassewitz, CEO & President, Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)

The Impact of Athlete Mental Health on Concussion Management

  • Magdalena Wojtowicz, PhD, C.Psych, Associate Professor, York University Clinical Neuropsychologist

This presentation will discuss concussion symptoms as they relate to mental health. Hear more about their research program which investigated different aspects of sport-related concussions in varsity and elite-level athletes.


Driving Change Spotlight: The importance of assessing concussion recovery using thinking and moving at the same time!

  • Lauren Sergio, PhD,
    • York Research Chair in Brain Health and Skilled Performance
    • School of Kinesiology & Health Science
    • Centre for Vision Research, York University
    • York University Sport Medicine Team

Research to Practice: An Update on the Rugby Canada Blue Card Concussion Management Project

  • Ryan Jones, Rugby Development Manager, Rugby Canada
  • Mike Jorgensen, PhD student, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Since 2021, Rugby Canada has implemented a province-wide pilot project in Ontario. The project introduced the Blue Card system to all rugby games across Ontario. Ryan Jones and Michael Jorgensen will speak to some key learnings and developments made during the pilot period.


Concussion training and education: Lessons from the Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series

  • Adam Sollitt, Coaching Consultant, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)
  • Marie-Pier Charest, PhD, Coaching Consultant, Research, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

Driving Change Spotlight: Conceptualizing youth sport concussion management: towards a multi-level understanding of reporting and removal from play

  • Alison Doherty, PhD, Professor, Sport Management, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University
  • Kaleigh Pennock, PhD, Western University

This presentation will discuss their research as an example of seeking to better understand the landscape of concussion (and youth sport as a specific example) from socioecological and interdisciplinary approaches that prompt us to consider the various and sometimes contrasting perspectives that inform the management of concussion in sport. There are implications for considering other contexts of sport-related concussion, and indeed other safe sport issues, from this approach.


Session 2

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST

Population-specific considerations in concussion

  • Nick Reed, PhD, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
    • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
    • Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
    • University of Toronto
    • Adjunct Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute
    • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
    • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Pediatric Concussion
  • Dr. Roger Zemek, MD, FRCPC
    • Professor, Dept of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
    • Director, Clinical Research Unit, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
    • Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion, University of Ottawa
    • Scientific Director, 360 Concussion Care
    • Chair, Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Network

Psychosocial factors with return to play post-concussion: tools and resources for sport organizations

  • Jacqueline van Ierssel, PT, PhD
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Emergency Concussion Research Team
    • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Rule changes in action

  • Dave Harris, MA, BSc, Executive Director, Taekwando Canada

Dave will speak to their concussion protocols and policies for officials as well as the rule changes that have made an impact on concussion management over the past few years.


Public Health Agency of Canada’s Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research (CSAR)

  • Wendy Thompson, MSc, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Steven McFaull, MSc, Senior Injury Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada

Looking Ahead: Updates and Critical Next Steps for Sport Organizations

  • Stephanie Cowle, Director, Knowledge Translation, Parachute Canada
  • Kathyrn Schneider, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary