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Specialized Concussion Centre to Open at MTS Iceplex

March 13, 2014 11:38 AM | Sports

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A group of kids play hockey at The Forks. (HOWARD WONG / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A new specialized centre will treat children and youth with sports-related concussions in west Winnipeg.

The Pan Am Concussion Program will operate out of the MTS Iceplex beginning in the fall, where a team of experts will provide individual care.

The program is a partnership between the province, the Pan Am Clinic and the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Ellis, who most recently worked at Toronto Western Hospital, will lead the program. Ellis specializes in treating and researching pediatric sport-related concussions.

Children and youth who have suffered a concussion and require ongoing care can be referred by the Children’s Hospital to the program where concussion experts can assess a range of potential issues, such as balance or cognitive changes, develop a care plan and monitor their recovery to determine when it is safe for them to return to learning and playing.

The new program is expected to see referrals for as many as 30 patients under the age of 18 every week.

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