SPC Concussion Committee: Heather Clegg, Jenny Dea, Siobhan Karam, Dianna Moulden, Marc Rizzardo, Kathryn Schneider, Ashley Lewis (SPC staff)
Featured Speakers (stay tuned as these are updated!)
Kathryn Schneider PT, PhD
Dr. Kathryn Schneider is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (physiotherapist) in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of sport-related concussion, with an emphasis on the role of the cervical spine and vestibular systems. She led a randomized controlled trial that identified a large treatment effect using multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation in athletes who have persistent
symptoms following sport-related concussion. She was a member of the Consensus Panel at the 4th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, 2012 and an author on the 4th Consensus statement. She is a Scientific Committee Member and Expert Panel Member for the 5thInternational Consensus on Concussion in Sport (Berlin, October 2016). She was selected as Avenue Magazine¹s ‘Top 40 under 40’ in 2012 and was an invited speaker (via videoconference) at the International Olympic Committee medical meetings at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games (2014) and Rio Olympic Summer Games (2016). She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has completed her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and education in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has also taught many courses in the area of concussion, vestibular rehabilitation and the cervical spine.
Jamie Kissick MD
Dr Jamie Kissick is a sport medicine physician from Ottawa, practicing at the Ottawa Sport Medicine Centre and Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic. He is the head team physician for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League, and is a member of the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency Therapeutic Use Exemption Expert Group. Dr Kissick was head team physician of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators from 1992-2002 and the Canadian National Men’s Sledge Hockey Team from 2007-14. He has also been a team physician for the Ottawa Renegades (CFL) and Ottawa Lynx (Triple A Baseball). Dr Kissick has been part of the health care team at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, World University Games, and Canada Games. He was the Site Medical Officer in Ottawa for the FIFA U20 World Cup. With a special clinical interest in concussion, Dr Kissick has been an expert panelist at the Concussion in Sport Consensus Conferences in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Dr Kissick has worked with organizations including Hockey Canada, Think First (now Parachute Canada) and the Coaching Association of Canada in the development of concussion education initiatives.
Martin Mrazik, R. Psych, PhD
Dr. Martin Mrazik is clinical neuropsychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He also serves as the Director of Assessment Services at the University of Alberta’s Clinical Director. Dr. Mrazik previously served as the Clinical Director of the Head Trauma Program and Chief Psychologist at the Millard Center in Edmonton, Alberta for 5 years. Dr. Mrazik’s primary research interests include sport concussion, traumatic brain injury, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Mrazik serves as a consultant to the NHL and CFL regarding sports related concussions.
Marc Rizzardo PT
Marc Rizzardo is presently the IST lead for Badminton Canada. He is a member of the medical committee for the Canadian Soccer Association. Marc has travelled as the lead therapist with both the Women’s National Soccer team (2003 – 2009), the World Cup/Olympic team (including the 2008 Olympics) and the Men’s National Soccer teams since 1980. Marc was the Chief Therapist for the Canadian Medical Health team in both 2012 London and 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He has consulted with many professional and amateur teams and athletes including the Minnesota Wild, EA Sports, UBC, Langara College and Douglas College and he was recently invited to do a presentation to the Medical and Sport Science staff at Manchester United. Marc holds a “A” level coaching license with the Canadian Soccer Association and has been coaching at Langara College since 1986 (with a three year hiatus from 2009 to 2013).
Pamela Fuselli MSc
Pamela Fuselli is the Interim CEO at Parachute, the national injury prevention charity. She has worked in the injury prevention field for over 17 years. Her areas of interest are centered on the uptake of knowledge resulting in behaviour change, the impact of public policy on injury prevention and the importance of collaboration to impact on social change. Pamela has strong relationships with the research community across Canada, as well as with leading organizations such as the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit, Injury Prevention Unit in Alberta, the Atlantic Collaborative for Injury Prevention and Child Safety Link located at IWK in Halifax. She sits on the Canadian Collaborating Centres for Injury Prevention, the Canadian Concussion Collaborative and Sport Canada’s FPT Working Group. Pamela received her BSC in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1992, her BHA in 2002 from Ryerson University and MSc in 2010 in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.