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New concussion program launched at WinSport         

Images from the Benson Concussion Institute at WinSport.
Images from the Benson Concussion Institute at WinSport. Global Calgary

A new program geared toward assessment and treatment of sports concussions has launched at WinSport.

The Benson Concussion Institute (BCI) at WinSport uses cutting-edge technology to mange athletes through a head injury.

The team analyzed 1,200 healthy athletes and 100 concussion cases over five seasons prior to the clinic opening to the public.

According to sport concussion expert Dr. Brian Benson, head injuries are responsible for a significant number of visits to Calgary emergency rooms.

“More than 10,000 people visit emergency departments each year in Calgary with a head injury, with a large percentage of these sustained in sport and recreational activities.”

There are three packages available from BCI, each includes a baseline assessment, post-concussion clinical service, and a monitored return-to-play program.

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The clinic uses a robotic device called the KINARM (Kinesiologic Instrument for Normal and Altered Reaching Movements, BKIN Technologies Ltd.) to assess patients. Benson said since the device is robotic it is more objective than humans and can pick up on subtleties that might otherwise be missed.