Sports Concussion in Developing Brains

How to optimise recovery from Pitch side to the classroom

The annual incidence of attendance at the emergency department in UK with a head injury is 6.6%. Up to half are children aged under 15 years. There is also a particular “spike” in injuries between 15 and 21. From road accidents, falls, fights and in sports. More than 80% of injuries may be Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – often considered as “Concussion”. Many, especially when mild, go undetected. So the true figure is likely higher. TBI disproportionately affects children and young people. Also teenagers take longest to recover - being vulnerable to the lingering effect of concussion over time.

This is a conference/workshop for those interested in prevention, diagnosis, and management of concussion – particularly in sports. With a view to use what we know to better manage the risk and effects of concussion in sports, and in other areas of life too. Such as return to school.

Speakers include awards winning specialists in TBI clinical research.

Dr Barry Willer and colleagues have developed physio-psychological approaches for improving the reliability and safety of diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome and return to activities. He recently published a landmark study of male and female adolescent athletes with concussion on improving recovery.

Prof. Huw Williams has shown how Mild TBI and Acute Stress Disorder contribute to Post-Concussion Syndrome, and how injuries in adolescence have particular effects on long term outcomes in mood and behaviour.

Additional speakers include: Dr Adam Reuben (Consultant in Emergency Care & Exeter Chiefs & University Exeter Rugby); Dr Alicia Smith (Exeter and Bristol Universities), Dr James Tonks (Haven Psychology & Exeter & Bristol Universities). To cover from “the Pitch side and Emergency Room” through to the Classroom.

Mark your calendar for the 27th September 2019.

Venue: Central London: Near King’s Cross/St Pancras

Cost: £115 - Full day registration and includes Lunch and x2 Refreshment breaks

[10% discount for members of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society]

Who should attend?

Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Neuropsychologists, Child and Educational Psychologists, Sports Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Educators, Neurologists, Sports Medicine professionals, Lawyers, Policy Makers. 

For more information, please contact Professor Huw Williams (