Workshop on concussion awareness

At the SFA training day on 22nd Feb we are going to hold a workshop on concussion awareness between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Dr Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor will run the workshop.

The workshop is free but limited to 20 places so please email admin@scottish-fencing.com to register.

Until very recently, it was assumed only boxers risked damaging their brains in the name of 'sport'. However, with growing reports of retired, non-boxer athletes exposed to repetitive concussion developing 'boxers' dementia', including footballers and rugby players, it is clear it is the damage to the brain that is important, not the game it occurs in. As a result, sports around the world are working to reduce risk of head injuries and, where they do occur, ensure best management. However, whilst this activity might be well intended, a lack of coordinated thought and misplaced assumptions on risk result in concussions being managed by the laws and regulations of a sport, if at all. This talk will provide background on what a concussion is, the immediate and longer term complications of this 'mild' brain injury and current strategies in education and awareness and in ensuring best management. Fencing's important contribution to concussion will also be discussed.