Equestrian Among World’s Top Sport Bodies in Concussion Conference

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Allen Sills
Allen Sills

April 12, 2016

The FEI, International Equestrian Federation, will join some of the world’s major sports organizations in Berlin in October to consider the latest developments and programs for dealing with concussion in sport.

The Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport will be held Oct. 27-28 to assess latest developments in what has become the predominant safety issue for athletes in many sports, including equestrian.

The International Olympic Committee, FIFA, soccer’s governing body, World Rugby, International Ice Hockey Federation and the FEI have taken a lead role in organizing the conference and developing it into the world’s most influential process for policy makers on concussions in sport.

The purpose of the conference is to present a summary of new evidence-based research on all aspects of concussions including definition, management, investigations, treatment, return-to play protocol, prevention and knowledge transfer.

An expert panel including FEI Medical Committee member Allen K. Sills, Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee will review the research and develops a consensus for physicians and healthcare professionals to follow in the care of injured athletes.

Since inception in 2001, the conference has become the main forum for concussion awareness and prevention. It led to the publication of the first Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) in 2005, which is in use by many sports leagues and federations.