Proceedings From the Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion

Aynsley M. Smith, Patrick A. Alford, Mark Aubry, Brian Benson, Amanda Black, Alison Brooks, Charles Burke, Ryan D'Arcy, David Dodick, Michael Eaves, Chad Eickhoff, Kristen Erredge, Kyle Farrell, Jonathan Finnoff, Douglas D. Fraser, Christopher Giza, Richard M. Greenwald, Blaine Hoshizaki, John Huston, Janelle JorgensenMichael Joyner, David Krause, Nicole LaVoi, Matthew Leaf, John Leddy, Kevin Margarucci, Susan Margulies, Jason Mihalik, Thayne Munce, Anna Oeur, Cara Prideaux, William O. Roberts, Francis Shen, David Soma, Mark Tabrum, Michael B. Stuart, Jennifer Wethe, James Whitehead, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Michael J. Stuart

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Objectives:The Ice Hockey Summit III provided updated scientific evidence on concussions in hockey to inform these 5 objectives: (1) describe sport related concussion (SRC) epidemiology; (2) classify prevention strategies; (3) define objective, diagnostic tests; (4) identify treatment; and (5) integrate science and clinical care into prioritized action plans and policy.Methods:Our action plan evolved from 40 scientific presentations. The 155 attendees (physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses, neuropsychologists, scientists, engineers, coaches, and officials) voted to prioritize these action items in the final Summit session.Results:To (1) establish a national and international hockey database for SRCs at all levels; (2) eliminate body checking in Bantam youth hockey games; (3) expand a behavior modification program (Fair Play) to all youth hockey levels; (4) enforce game ejection penalties for fighting in Junior A and professional hockey leagues; (5) establish objective tests to diagnose concussion at point of care; and (6) mandate baseline testing to improve concussion diagnosis for all age groups.Conclusions:Expedient implementation of the Summit III prioritized action items is necessary to reduce the risk, severity, and consequences of concussion in the sport of ice hockey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E150-E160
JournalClinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Summit III
  • concussion
  • prioritized action


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