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Football BC Executive Director to be panelist at sport concussion symposium on January 28

Posted on 2014-01-27 15:16:44

Football BC Executive Director Patrick Waslen will be featured as a panelist at the “Sport Concussion: Unmasking Concussion in BC” event featuring former NHL superstar Ken Dryden on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

The event runs from 5 pm to 9 pm Pacific Time and will be held at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education located at 950 West 28th Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“On behalf of Football BC, our organization is very excited to be invited to participate in this event which will continue to educate about the dangers of concussions in sports,” said Waslen. “Our organization prides ourselves as being a leader in the sporting community when it comes to raising concussion awareness and player safety issues so being involved in this event is something we believe will further our cause.”

In 2010, Football BC became the first provincial sport organization in Canada to adopt a policy specific to concussion and brain injuries.

“Sport Concussion: Unmasking Concussion in BC” will be hosted by Ken Dryden, former Montreal Canadiens goaltender and former federal Minister of Social Development, and will be emceed by Dr. Ian Pike, the Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU).

The event is presented by the BCIRPU and BC Ministry of Health and will also feature panelists including former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick, current BC Lion Marco Iannuzzi, as well as former NHL player and current President of the Abbotsford Heat, Ryan Walter.

The event will highlight the importance of the soon-to-be released Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) – set to be launched in March 2014 – developed by the BCIRPU in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health. Created for parents, players, coaches and trainers, the CATT will build on a number of existing resources, including the CATT for physicians and health professionals, to provide an educational training tool that will raise awareness of concussion as well as the need for proper management and prevention.

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