SIRC Hosts the Canadian Concussion Prevention Workshop

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OTTAWA, June 18, 2019 – For the second year in a row, the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) brought together key stakeholders from Canada’s sport community to address the issue of concussions in sport. More than 80 decision makers and technical directors including 26 national, 12 multi-sport and nine community sport organizations rolled up their sleeves to tackle this year’s theme: concussion prevention.

“We must put our athletes and our young people at the centre of everything we do in sport. I can never say this enough. There needs to be a cultural shift where everyone—all levels of governments, the sport community and the health sector—works together to reduce the risk of sport-related concussions,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport.

“Canada has demonstrated leadership in concussion management from the national level through to provincial, territorial and community sport. Now is the time to look to preventing concussions in the first place,” said Debra Gassewitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sport Information Resource Centre.

Workshop discussion focused on three key opportunities for action: changing behaviours in sport, changing rules and guidelines, and changing training techniques to make sport safer.

Matthew Achtymichuk