Welcome

We are pleased to announce the Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. The Conference will be held in Berlin on October 27 and 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Concussions are in the spotlight more than ever, and have become the predominant safety issue for athletes competing in many sports. For this reason, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA, World Rugby, and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) have taken a lead role in organizing this conference and developing it into the world's most influential process for policy makers on concussions in sport.

The purpose of the conference is twofold. The first objective is to present a summary of new evidence-based research that covers all aspects of concussions including definition, management, investigations, treatment, return to play protocol, prevention and knowledge transfer. There will also be poster abstracts presented at the Conference.

With the evidence-based research presented by the world's experts and researchers in concussion in sport, the second objective is to reach an agreement amongst the conference participants in developing a Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports; a document that would then be used by physicians and healthcare professionals involved in the care of injured athletes at the recreational, elite or professional level.

Since the inaugural conference held in 2001, the conference has become the main forum for concussion awareness and prevention. The Consensus has formed the foundation by which the majority of sporting organisations have developed protocols with respect to concussions.

Your participation and input is important as the discussion following the talks in the Conference will help guide the experts in the development of the Consensus.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

Sincerely,

Paul McCrory MD
Willem Meeuwisse MD
Mark Aubry  MD IIHF
Jiri Dvorak MD FIFA
Lars Engebretsen MD IOC
Martin Raftery MD World Rugby
Allan Sills MD FEI