June 3 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pmDonation
Let’s Talk About Concussions
The Ottawa Sport Council (OSC), in partnership with SIRC, Canada’s National Sport Information Resource Centre, is excited to announce our spring Sport Summit on Saturday, June 3rd at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club.
This Year’s Theme
Participation in sport can be an integral, rewarding component of life. However, sport concussions can too easily derail the benefit of both competitive and casual exercise—instances that can be avoided through proper education and preventative measures.
Sport is especially advantageous for adolescents. Those who participate in sport during this period often build better social skills, develop confidence and create a strong foundation for lifelong health. Unfortunately, it is this very age group that is most vulnerable to concussions.
64-percent of the time, children between the ages of 10 to 18 who visit the emergency room do so because of sports and recreational activities. Of this group, a staggering 39% are diagnosed with concussions, and a further 24% are possible concussions. To further demonstrate the issue, concussions have grown in prevalence by 40% from 2004 to 2014 in the sports of football, soccer and hockey.
While the Ottawa Sport Council has always encouraged sport participation, it has also worked to make the community sport landscape a safer space for all participants by facilitating learning opportunities—and there is compelling evidence that concussion education can decrease occurrences and minimize the impact of concussions in sport.
This year’s Sport Summit, Let’s Talk about Concussions, will advance the dialogue around the growing prevalence of concussions in sports through a series of presentations, and round table discussions. It will also provide you with the opportunity to network with peers who are facing many of the same challenges as your organization.
This is a free event. We do ask participants to consider making a minimum $30 donation to the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation. The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation has been created to provide sporting organizations with grants, adopting key focus areas each year. Tax receipts will be provided.
Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club
176 Cameron Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1S 0X5
The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, of this Sport Summit.