Concussion and Winter Sports

Feb. 11, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Nearly four million Americans are affected by sport or recreational traumatic brain injuries annually. Winter sports (e.g., ice hockey, skiing, sledding) are often fast-paced, high-velocity activities that can lead to serious injury including concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. Surprisingly, head injuries in winter sports have not been studied as frequently as those in football or soccer. The most studied winter sport is ice hockey. This webinar will provide an overview of winter sports injury with an emphasis on ice hockey research designed to understand injury mechanisms, dispel concussion myths, and present novel opportunities for preventing injury.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology of winter sports concussion with a primary emphasis on ice hockey
  • Articulate the effectiveness of prevention interventions including education, protective gear, and rule changes in organized sports
  • Employ educational resources to reduce the risk, incidence, severity and consequences of concussion in ice hockey


Jason P. Mihalik, Ph.D., CAT(C), ATC
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science Co-Director, Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Erin B. Wasserman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Exercise and Sport Science Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Scott C. Livingston, Ph.D., PT, ATC, SCS
Director of Education Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG).  You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Feb. 11, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit. 

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

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