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Hockey players, parents and coaches urged to complete concussion survey

Information will help improve treatment of head injuries

Hockey players, parents and coaches urged to complete concussion survey
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Concussion Survey

Hockey Manitoba has contacted 7,443 players (between the ages of 13-21), 6,627 parents and 1,392 coaches and asked them to take a survey on concussions. If you have been contacted, please fill out the online survey by visiting the Pan Am Clinic Foundation's website.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Jeff Leiter at 204.927.2665 or jleiter@panamclinic.com

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday, August 20, 2012

The early response to a major survey on concussions suggests the problem is more prevalent than previously thought, according to the doctor leading the study.

But Dr. Peter MacDonald, of the Pan Am Clinic, says he still needs more information before he can draw any firm conclusions about the nature of the problem in Winnipeg.

As a result, MacDonald and other health officials are urging amateur hockey players, parents and coaches to take the time to fill out an online survey on the subject.

Launched last month, the survey is designed to help health officials learn more about the nature of concussions and how they are treated in the health-care system.

More than 15,000 players between the ages of 13 and 21, parents and coaches were invited to participate in the survey. Each potential respondent was sent information about the survey, along with a Personal Identification Number, which would enable them to log onto an electronic questionnaire at the Pan Am Clinic Foundation's website.

So far, preliminary data from the first 700 responses shows 46 per cent of those who responded to the survey suffered concussions last season. Twenty-six percent went to an Emergency Department, 35 per cent sought treatment in their doctor's office, while 23 per cent went to a Sports Medicine Clinic. 

"We were surprised by the high percentage of concussions reported so far," said MacDonald. "It is much larger than what previous literature had indicated. What we need now is for more responses to come in so that we have a larger denominator and a more accurate picture of the incidence and impact of these injuries."

Dr. Wayne Hildahl, Chief Operating Officer of the Pan Am Clinic, agreed, adding that the survey will help improve the diagnosis and treatment of head injuries.

"There's very little information available right now about how these patients injured themselves, and what happened afterwards," said Hildahl. "Where were they treated and how did they make their way through the medical system? The results of this survey will be an invaluable source for us as we move forward with improvements to the system."

Jeff Leiter, Executive Director of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation, said the deadline for filling out the survey has been extended to Sept. 15. Among other things, Leiter said questions are designed to find out if injured players lost time from work, their studies or from games.

The survey is being conducted by the Pan Am Clinic, Pan Am Clinic Foundation, The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, Hockey Manitoba and the University of Manitoba.

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