At least 332,000 professional and amateur athletes in North America will watch their sport from the stands or the couch as they recover from a concussion this year. Being sidelined certainly isn’t the most severe consequence of a rough or violent hit in sport. Concussions can have serious, cumulative, and long-lasting effects. When concussed athletes return to play before their brain function is fully restored, they are more likely to sustain a second concussion, which in turn may have greater consequences.
Scientists and clinicians from UBC’s Faculty of Medicine discuss the latest science behind sport concussions. Tailored for parents, athletes, coaches, and teachers, this panel of international thought leaders will cover the big questions on everyone’s mind:
- What are the real dangers of sport concussions?
- How can they be prevented?
- What treatments are available?
- How much do we really know?
- Is there more to learn?
Moderator – Rob Fai – Broadcaster, Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club
Panelist – Dr. Shelina Babul, BSc’91, PhD’01 – Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Panelist – Dr. Will Panenka, Medical Residency’10 – Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Panelist – Dr. Cheryl Wellington, PhD’91 – Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Panelist – Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul – Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Recorded June 11, 2015, at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre in Vancouver, BC.