Hockey Canada set to host concussion seminar

Hockey Canada's concussion seminar will feature a wide array of players, parents and health professionals Saturday in Montreal.

Hockey Canada's concussion seminar will feature a wide array of players, parents and health professionals Saturday in Montreal.

The sport's governing body in Canada is joining forces with the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund and Think First Canada to tackle the recurring issue, which has become widespread in the game.

Along with coaches, trainers, parents and players, the event will attract physicians, dentists and health specialists.

A few of the main issues include the proper diagnosis of concussions, treatment and management, and the role of mouth guards in preventing the injury.

Some experts believe awareness is key to reducing concussions in the game.

"Concussions are a serious concern in hockey," Dr. Mark Aubry, chief medical officer of the International Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada, said in a release.

"The fight in reducing concussions is global in nature and needs the help of every participant in the sport to prevent this injury through fair play, enforcement of the rules and other measures."

Devastating effects

Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgeon and founder of Think First Canada, has devoted over 30 years to attempting to reduce the number of concussions in sport.

"You do not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion," Tator said. "Multiple concussions are cumulative and can lead to devastating effects if not properly treated."

Aubry and Tator will spearhead the seminar, which will include talks with former players, sport psychologists, kinesiologists and physicians.

The seminar will be held at the Westin Hotel.