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St. Michael’s Hospital to hold conference on hockey concussions

Toronto, September 4, 2012

By Leslie Shepherd

St. Michael’s Hospital will hold its second annual OuCH! (Outcomes Following Hockey Concussions) conference on Sept. 8.

The focus of this year’s conference will be on recovering from a concussion – not just when and how to return to sport, but how and when to return to school as well as the psychiatric aspects of traumatic brain injuries.

The speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Cusimano, the conference host, a neurosurgeon and director of the hospital's Injury Prevention Research Centre. He will provide an overview of concussions.
  • Dr. Blaine Hoshizaki, head of the University of Ottawa's Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory. Dr. Hoshizaki, who has called for total resdesign of the hockey helmet, will discuss future directions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions.
  • Barbara Csenge, director of learning enrichment at St. Michael's College School, will discuss the Return to Learn program she developed to help students reintegrate academically after suffering a brain injury.
  • Dr. Paul Comper, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Toronto Rehab Institute and the consultant neuropsychologist to the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and Michael Hutchison, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital. In March 2010, Dr. Comper and Hutchison, who was then his graduate student, presented the preliminary findings of their study on head trauma in NHL players at the meeting of NHL General Managers. The day following their presentation, the GMs announced rule change proposals to outlaw specific targeted hits to the head in 2010. They will speak on sideline assessments for concussion and baseline testing of athletes’ normal brain functions pre-concussions.
  • Dr. Shree Bhalero, a psychiatrist at St. Michael's who does research on acute and chronic traumatic brain injury. His topic is the psychiatric issues of living with a traumatic brain injury.
  • Dr. Donna Ouchterlony, director of the Head Injury Clinic at St. Michael’s, the largest of its kind in Canada, who will speak on seeing the doctor and when to return to play.
  • Dr. Mark Bayley, medical director of Toronto Rehab's Neuro Rehabilitation Program, will discuss the new Ontario Concussion Strategy, which seeks to position Ontario as a leader in increasing awareness, prevention, identification and concussion management in schools and the sport and recreation communities.

Conference details:
8:30 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Sept. 8
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
209 Victoria Street, Toronto

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Center, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.