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Sport-related concussions: consequences in the short and long term


Missed this lecture?

Please note that the recording of the Faculty Public Lecture given by Dr Robin Green on Monday 23 November entitled "Sport-related concussions: consequences in the short and long term" is now available. Listen to the lecture

Athletes who are involved in contact sports are frequently subjected to multiple concussions and sub-concussions. Milder than a concussion, a sub-concussion refers to harm to the brain that may occur without a blow to the head and without any overt symptoms. The sheer number of sub-concussions in sports like rugby and football, however, can give rise to enduring problems.
In many instances, a person will continue to play shortly after sustaining their concussion. This increases the risk of another concussion, and moreover, there is growing evidence that this can result in more serious and protracted consequences for the individual.

Typically, recovery from a concussion is rapid and complete. However, there are cumulative effects. In the short term, recovery may take longer after each successive concussion. In the longer term, the normal aging process of the brain may be more pronounced, and in some cases, a form of dementia called 'chronic traumatic encephalopathy' may develop.

Why you should attend

Dr Robin Green will present research focusing on the understanding and treatment of these short-term and chronic effects of sport- and accident-related concussion, addressing the implications for mood, mental ability, and overall brain health. By attending this talk, you will:

  • gain insights into why concussion amongst athletes is a major health crisis that needs to be addressed by treatment approaches that consider the underlying cause of the concussion.
  • understand some of the mechanisms that may explain how multiple concussions can lead to progressive cognitive decline, and some of the treatment options that are currently being developed and tested.
  • find out about a program of treatment delivery that is being implemented in Canada, with the aim of reaching as many sufferers of the enduring symptoms of concussion as possible.
  • receive some general information on the short and long-term effects of single and multiple concussions

SpeakerDr Robin Green

Dr. Robin Green is a Canada Research Chair (II) in traumatic brain injury and senior scientist in cognitive neurosciences at Toronto Rehab Foundation.

One of her central programs of research addresses brain and behavioural mechanisms of recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI), in particular impediments to recovery.

Dr. Green completed her PhD at Cambridge University and her clinical training in neuropsychology at the University Health Network in Toronto.


Entry is free and open to the public.
Registration closes on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Monday, 23 November 2015

6.15pm - 7:30pm
(light refreshments from 5.30pm)

Australian Hearing Hub
Level 1, Lecture Theatre
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University

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