TORONTO, September 27, 2013 – As many as 800 first-year students at York University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science will learn about concussions from a survivor and scholars during Breakfast for your Brain: The 3rd Donald Sanderson memorial Perspectives on Concussion, Sept. 30.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for education and engagement of students around concussions because they will benefit from this knowledge personally as well as professionally as they may be interested in careers in health and medical sciences,” says lead organizer Professor Lauren Sergio.
Dahna Sanderson, the mother of a York U student who tragically died after suffering a concussion during a hockey game and in whose memory the annual event is organized, will offer opening remarks, following which York U student and former national field hockey team member Brittney Enright-Blount will share her own experience with concussion.
Professors Frances Flint and Mazyar Fallah will make presentations on various aspects of concussion and treatment, from a research perspective. The one-hour program is presented twice to facilitate the large student group.
WHAT: Breakfast for your Brain: The 3rd Donald Sanderson memorial Perspectives on concussion
WHERE: Lecture Hall A, Lassonde Building, York University, Keele Campus,
(building number 19 on the map)
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 8:30am-9:30am and 9:30am-10:30am
- Opening remarks by Dahna Sanderson, mother of York U student Donald who died from suffering sports related concussion
- Personal experience sharing by York U student and former national field hockey team member Brittney Enright-Blount
- An overview of the signs and symptoms of concussion, the role of athletic therapists in diagnosing and treating injured athletes, and the psychological impact from injury, by Professor Frances Flint
- A presentation about measuring brain activity with millisecond precision and ongoing investigation into how the brain changes due to impacts in sport, by Professor Mazyar Fallah
NOTE: Speakers and organizers are available for interviews.
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