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Sports PhysiotherapyNov 10, 2023

Specialists focus on issues relating to concussion in sport at open event on Teams later this month

Physiotherapists can log on and watch presentations by five experts in their field who will discuss a range of issues relating to brain injuries in sport during a 90-minute lunchtime event on 22 November.

The event, titled Concussion in Sport: Supporting Athletes, Carers, and Researchers, is being hosted by the University of Winchester’s Sport and Exercise Research Centre (SERC) and kicks off at midday.

The presenters are

  • Georgia Young, whose PhD study focuses on the experiences of people caring for those with chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Dr Jo Batey on researcher vulnerability when working in this sensitive area
  • Dr Matt Smith on an intervention study that explored family members (of athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)) writing reflective letters to their former selves
  • Dr John Batten on research into caregiver burden, mental health, wellbeing and sleep quality
  • Dr Christoph Szedlak on research into players’ experiences of persistent post-concussion syndrome
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Boxing is one of the contact sports linked to cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy


Supporting individuals

Matt Smith, who leads on this strand of research at SERC, said: ‘Through these presentations, we consider how best individuals can be supported when athletes have experienced brain injuries in sport, and how these research findings can underpin intervention work to support these individuals.’ 

CTE is usually caused by repeated blows to the head and people involved in contact sports such as boxing, rugby, football and martial arts.

A study published in the scientific journal Acta Neuropathologica on the eve of the recent Rugby World Cup found CTE present in 21 of the 31 brains (68 per cent) of former players donated to research institutes in the USA, UK and Australia.

What is SERC?

SERC is a dynamic hub of academics and researchers that aims to identify and address pertinent issues in sport and exercise at a local, national and international level. To find out more visit Sport and Exercise Research Centre - University of Winchester 

More information about SERC’s work on brain injury in sport can be found here

The Teams meeting link for the event is SERC Seminar - Concussion in Sport: Supporting Athletes, Carers, and Researchers

Author: I A McMillan
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