Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 574
  • March 13, 2019 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Seminar Series 2018-19

Speaker: Rebecca Babcock, MBHL, Program Coordinator, Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada

Concussion management protocols have been implemented all over the world in a wide arrange of sports to help protect athletes from the claimed short and long-term harms associated with concussion. Yet time and time again – most notably seen in televised professional sporting events – these protocols are not followed and concussed athletes are placed at risk due to the subpar care provided. It is ethically imperative that compliance to already-implemented concussion management protocols is improved. In this seminar, I will first describe concussive injury, the potential short and long-term harms of concussion, and standard concussion management. I will then go on to examine the variables that inhibit concussion management from being properly executed and further ethical implications (besides harm) regarding these attitudes and behaviours. Finally, I will propose ethical and legal frameworks that may help place the focus on caring for the athlete for the sake of the athlete, thereby improving compliance.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. It will also be webcast.