For immediate release: April 19, 2013
Concussion Workshop this Saturday in Edmonton
The CFL Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Association and the Canadian Orthopedic Nurses Association, will hold a one day seminar on Saturday April 20 to further examine sports concussions.
Entitled “Concussion in Sport” the session will be held in the Jackie Parker Room at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton from 8:30am until 12:30 pm.
Hector Pothier, President of the CFLAA, will be the moderator and many prominent experts – including three doctors, coaches and equipment personnel – will be on the agenda.
Topics will include the medicine and science of concussion, the neuropsychology of concussion, advances in equipment for concussion prevention, on-field assessment of concussions and proper tackling/blocking techniques based on Football Canada safe tackling methods.
“The big concern is the effect of concussions now and recognizing it when it does occur,” says Pothier. “How you can assess it quickly. There are really two time frames. The physical side, when you are ready to play and the second part is when you are mentally ready to play. They are two different things and that is part of what these doctors will address. Concussions are a much bigger deal than we thought in all sports. Coaches and equipment managers will talk about protecting against concussions, not preventing them. We are trying to provide information to get a better understanding so athletes can protect themselves as much as possible and if you do get a concussion, how to best deal with it.”
Registration is $25 per person and lunch will be provided by the Eskimo Alumni Association.
For more information on the event contact Hector Pothier, President, CFLAA at 780-478-7139 (H) or 780-232-2951 (C) or email Hector.Pothier@epsb.ca.