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Course Objectives:

  1. To understand and apply the outcomes from the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.
  2. To apply multifaceted evidence informed principles in the diagnosis and management of concussion.
  3. To recognize concussion signs and symptoms that indicate referral to another rehabilitation specialist and be able to communicate the referral.
  4. To apply evidence-based concussion tools to healthcare practitioners to improve the clinical management of sport-related concussion.
  5. To understand and apply evidence based active management principles to optimize time to recovery and return-to-play following concussion. 6. To understand and apply multidisciplinary management principles and encourage interprofessional collaboration for individuals with persistent symptoms following concussion.

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Speakers Biographies

Dr. Kathryn Schneider, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention, detection and treatment of sport-related concussion. Her work has identified a large treatment effect using multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has expertise and certification in vestibular rehabilitation. She was recognized by Avenue Magazine as “Top 40 Under 40” in 2012 and was the recipient of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award in 2015. Invited speaking highlights include the 4th and 5th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical meetings at the Sochi, Rio and PyeongChang Olympic games, and many additional International and National sport meetings. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of recreational to elite/professional athletes with ongoing symptoms following sport-related concussion. 

Dr. Noah Silverberg, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia and Principal Investigator at the Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. He leads an interdisciplinary research program dedicated to improving outcomes from concussion and traumatic brain injury, with a focus on understanding psychosocial factors that influence recovery and evaluating psychological treatments. Dr. Silverberg is also a board-certified neuropsychologist who has cared for patients with concussion and traumatic brain injury in civilian, sport, and military settings over the past 12 years. He serves as Chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Task Force on Mild TBI.

Dr. Christina L. Master, MD: Dr. Master is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at CHOP with over two decades of experience in clinical pediatrics. Dr. Master is board-certified in pediatrics and brain injury medicine with additional qualification in sports medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She treats over a thousand youth with concussion annually in her outpatient practice. She is co-founding director of Minds Matter, the concussion program for children at CHOP that provides clinical care, community outreach and conducts research in youth concussion. Her particular research emphasis has been in furthering our understanding of visual deficits following concussion as a target for intervention for those with prolonged symptoms in addition to identifying objective physiologic biomarkers for concussion.

Dr. Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, Ph.D., is a clinical neuroscientist and registered speech language pathologist. She is a clinician-researcher with the Hull Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic at UHN-Toronto Rehab Institute and Assistant professor (adjunct) in the School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University in Hamilton. Catherine has devoted her clinical and research career toward a better understanding of the factors which impact recovery from acquired and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as developing interventions to support positive outcomes and quality of life. She has been internationally recognized for her pioneering work in examining the relationship between sleep, neuroplasticity and neuro-recovery following TBI. She has authored and co-authored numerous research publications, provincial and international practice guidelines, a textbook, a book chapter on pediatric brain injury, and contributed to a rehabilitation manual. She is also the recipient of awards for her teaching excellence and outstanding mentorship.    

Dr. John J. Leddy, MD, is Professor of Clinical Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the American College of Physicians, and Director of Outcomes Research for the Department of Orthopaedics. He is a Division 1 team physician and Medical Director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic. He is a Member of the Expert Panel for the Berlin Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport and a consultant to the NIH on sport concussion research. In conjunction with Dr. Barry Willer, he developed the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test, which is the first functional physiological test used to establish recovery from concussion and to develop exercise programs for the rehabilitation of patients with concussion and prolonged concussion symptoms.

Dr. Jim Bovard, MD, attended the University of British Columbia and received his doctorate in medicine in 1984. Following graduation, Dr. Bovard began a family practice in North Vancouver, BC in 1988. He received his Diploma in Sport Medicine in 1999 and added a sport medicine consultation service to his practice. He was the Venue Medical Officer for figure skating at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He was Medical Lead for High Performance for Canada Snowboard from 2011-2017 including the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Currently he is the Head Team Physician for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Co-Head Team Physician for the Vancouver Canucks. He continues to be a medical consultant to Canada Snowboard, Tennis Canada, Skate Canada.

Rosalind (Roz) Groenewoud is a two-time Olympian in Ski Halfpipe. She was one of the veterans in her sport and competed internationally for thirteen years. Her results include seven X Games medals, including two Gold; FIS World Champion; three-time AFP World Champion; and many medals from World Cups and most major Ski Halfpipe competitions. She juggled pursuing an education along with a full-time ski career, receiving a Bachelor in Arts & Science from Quest University Canada in 2016.  She is an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, has created lobbying initiatives for equality for female freeskiers, and in 2018 was elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC), where she is a leader on Safe Sport initiatives. Rosalind retired from sport in 2018 and, this fall, began medical school at UBC, class of 2023.