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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), in partnership with FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association Medical Assessment and Research Center (F-MARC), and the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOC) is organising an International Symposium on Concussion in Sport. Faced with the increasing incidence of this potentially dangerous injury in ice hockey and other sports, we have gathered the leading medical experts from all parts of the world and from a wide sampling of different sports, experienced in dealing with sports related head injuries. Our objective is to understand, as completely as possible, what actually takes place when severe blows to the head occur. It is our hope, that with the information learned, we can begin educating our athletes with the goal of eliminating concussions in all sports.
We are most grateful to the esteemed presenters for their extraordinary efforts, and to the many others who have submitted abstracts and papers for consideration.
R FASEL President IIHF
J S BLATTER President FIFA
PRINCE A DE MERODE Chairman IOC Medical Committee
Welcome from the Scientific Committee
On behalf on the Scientific Program Committee I would like to welcome all delegates to the International Symposium on Concussion in Sport. This Symposium has been sponsored by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in cooperation with the Federation Internationale de Football Association Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) and the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOC).
The IIHF has chosen Vienna as the host city for this meeting.
The aim of the Symposium is to provide recommendations addressing this important topic for the improvement of safety and health of athletes in all sporting fields who suffer concussive injuries. To this end, the Committee has invited a range of speakers, all eminent in their fields, to address specific issues of epidemiology, clinical science, protective equipment, cognitive assessment, and …