Governor General to host sports concussion conference in Ottawa

Governor General David Johnston will host a conference on sports concussion prevention at Rideau Hall on Dec. 6.

The governor general, whose interests include sports safety and the promotion of physical activity, will bring together stakeholders and representatives from the provincial, territorial and federal governments in an attempt to develop a national approach to managing, detecting and preventing concussions.

Concussions in sport continue to be a controversial topic, as medical professionals continue to warn of the dangers of contact sports while professional leagues continue to obfuscate and/or outright deny links between multiple head traumas during play and devastating conditions like CTE.

The conference is timely, given that just prior to the weekend’s Grey Cup game, CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge suggested there was no identifiable link between concussions and dementia later in life.

Interested parties can watch the conference live by clicking here.

Johnson explained the goals of the conference here:

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