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Research

Our clinical research team has been prospectively assessing acute sport-related concussion biomarkers, innovative neuroimaging, robotic assessment of sensory, motor, cognitive, visual gaze and postural stability function, autonomic nervous system function, and prevention strategies.

Selected Sport Concussion Publications

Benson BW, Leclerc S, Richards D, McCluskey P, McCormack R, Wilkinson M, Kolb J. Sport-Related Concussion Guidelines for Canadian National and National Development High-Performance Athletes. Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, 2018.

AM Smith, MJ Stuart, DW Dodick, WO Roberts, PW Alford, AB Ashare, M Aubrey, BW Benson, CJ Burke, R Dick, C Eickhoff, CA Emery, LA Flashman, D Gaz, CC Giza, RM Greenwald, S Herring, TB Hoshizaki, JJ Hudziak, J Huston III, D Krause, N LaVoi, M Leaf, JJ Leddy, A MacPherson, AC McKee, JP Mihalik, AM Moessner, WJ Montelpare, M Putukian, KJ Schneider, R Szalkowski, M Tabrum, J Whitehead, and DM Wiese-Bjornstal. Ice Hockey Summit II: Zero Tolerance for Head Hits and Fighting. Clin J Sport Med 2015; 25(2):78-87.

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Debert CT, Stilling J, Wang M, Sajobi TT, Kowalski K, Benson BW, Yeates KO, Dukelow SP. Athletes with a history of multiple sport-related concussions may be at risk of mild cognitive impairment on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA). Can J Neurol Sci. 2019 May;46(3):311-318. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2019.18.

Benson BW, Rose MS, Meeuwisse WH. The impact of face shield use on concussions in ice hockey: a multivariate analysis. Br J Sports Med 2002; 36: 27-32.

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Moessner, WJ Montelpare, M Putukian, KJ Schneider, R Szalkowski, M Tabrum, J Whitehead, and DM Wiese-Bjornstal. Ice Hockey Summit II: Zero Tolerance for Head Hits and Fighting. Clin J Sport Med 2015; 25(2):78-87.

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Lun V, Benson BW. Concussion in sport: protect players from serious injury. Family Health 2008; 24 (3): 17-21.

Mang CS, Whitten TA, Cosh MS, Scott SH, Wiley JP, Debert CT, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Robotic assessment of motor, sensory and cognitive function in acute sport-related concussion and recovery. J Neurotrauma 2018.

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Whitten TA, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Scott SH, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Spatial working memory performance following acute sport-related concussion: A novel robotic assessment task. J of Concussion 2018.

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Benson BW, McIntosh A, Maddocks D, Herring SA, Raftery M, Dvorak J. What are the most effective risk reduction strategies in sport concussion? From protective equipment to policy. Br J Sports Med 2013; 47: 321–326.

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Benson BW, Mohtadi NGH, Rose MS, Meeuwisse WH. Head and neck injuries among ice hockey players wearing full face shields vs half face shields. JAMA 1999; 282 (24): 2328-2332.

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Meeuwisse WH, Benson BW. Sport-related concussion: when’s it safe to suit up? Canadian Journal of Diagnosis 2005; 22 (5): 71-73.

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Smith AM, Stuart MJ, Greenwald RM, Benson BW, Dodick DW, Emery CA, Finnoff JT, Mihalik J, Roberts WO, Sullivan CO, Meeuwisse WH. Proceedings from the Ice Hockey Summit on Concussion: A Call to Action. Clin J Sport Med 2011; 21: 281–287.

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Shehata N, Wiley P, Richea S, Benson BW, Duits L, Meeuwisse WH. Sport concussion assessment tool: baseline values for varsity collision sport athletes. Br J Sports Med 2009; 43: 730-734.

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Mang, C. S., Whitten, T. A., Cosh, M. S., Scott, S. H., Wiley, J. P., Debert, C. T., Dukelow, S. P., and Benson, B. W. (2018). Test-retest reliability of the KINARM end-point robot for assessment of sensory, motor and neurocognitive function in young adult athletes. PLoS One 2018; 13, e0196205.

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McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Aubry M, Cantu B, Dvorak J, Echemendia R, Engebretsen L, Johnston K, Kutcher J, Raftery M, Sills A, Benson B, Davis G, Guskiewicz K, Herring SA, Iverson G, Jordan B, Kissick J, McCrea M, McIntosh A, Maddocks D, Makdissi M, Purcell L, Putukian M, Turner M, Schneider K, Tator C. Consensus statement on concussion in sport – the 4th international conference on concussion in sport held in Zurich, November 2012. Br J Sports Med 2013; 47: 250–258.

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Benson BW, Meeuwisse WH, Rizos J, Kang J, Burke CJ. A Prospective Study of Concussions among NHL Hockey Players during Regular Season Games: The NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program. CMAJ 2011;183 (8): 905-911.

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Lau B, Benson BW. Ice Hockey, in Caine DJ, Harmer PA, Schiff MA (eds): Epidemiology of Injury in Olympic Sports, The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp 411-446.

Little CE, Emery C, Black A, Scott SH, Meeuwisse W, Nettel-Aguirre A, Benson B, Dukelow S. Test–retest reliability of KINARM robot sensorimotor and cognitive assessment: in pediatric ice hockey players. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2015; 12: 78 (DOI 10.1186/s12984-015-0070-0).

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Whitten TA, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Benson BW, Dukelow SP. Sex differences in eye movement behavior during multiple object tracking. In Preparation.

Wanner ZR, Southam CG, Boora NS, Paxman EJ, Benson BW, Montina T, Metz GA, Debert CT. Diagnosing sport-related concussion using urine metabolomics: A 1H NMR-based analysis. In Preparation.

Benson BW, Hamilton GM, Meeuwisse WH, McCrory P, Dvorak J. Is protective equipment useful in preventing concussion? A systematic review of the literature. Br J Sports Med 2009; 43 (Suppl_1): i56-i67.

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Benson BW, Meeuwisse WH. Ice hockey injuries, in Maffuli N, Caine DJ (eds): Epidemiology of Pediatric Sports Injuries: Team Sports. Medicine and Sport Science. Basel, Karger, 2005, vol 49, pp 86-119.

AM Smith, MJ Stuart, DW Dodick, WO Roberts, PW Alford, AB Ashare, M Aubrey, BW Benson, CJ Burke, R Dick, C Eickhoff, CA Emery, LA Flashman, D Gaz, CC Giza, RM Greenwald, S Herring, TB Hoshizaki, JJ Hudziak, J Huston III, D Krause, N LaVoi, M Leaf, JJ Leddy, A MacPherson, AC McKee, JP Mihalik, AM

Emery C, Kang J, Goulet C, Shrier I, Hagel B, Benson BW, Nettel-Aguirre A, McAllister J, Hamilton G, Meeuwisse WH. The risk of injury associated with body checking among pediatric ice hockey players. JAMA 2010; 303(22):2265-2272.

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Emery C, Kang J, Shrier I, Goulet C, Hagel B, Benson B, Nettel-Aguirre A, McAllister J, Meeuwisse WH. The risk of injury associated with body checking experience in youth ice hockey players. CMAJ 2011; DOI:10.1503/cmaj.101540.

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Selected Sport Concussion Conference Presentations

Whitten TA*, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Changes in eye movement patterns during multiple object tracking following sport-related concussion. NeuroTrauma 2018, Toronto, Ontario, August 11-16, 2018.

Benson BW. Keynote Plenary. New Concussion Guidelines. 4th Annual MSK Pearls Course, Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Section of Sports Medicine. Red Deer, Alberta. March 9, 2018.

Tara A. Whitten*, Cameron S. Mang, Madeline S. Cosh, Steve H. Scott, Sean P. Dukelow, Brian W. Benson. Robotic tool for objective assessment of sport-related concussion. SPIN Summit 2017. Richmond, British Columbia, October 6, 2017.

Benson BW, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Scott SH, Debert CT, Dukelow S. Validation of the KINARM end-point robot for clinical assessment of acute sport concussion sensory, motor, and neurocognitive impairment in athletes. SPIN Summit 2016. Calgary, Alberta, November 17, 2016.

Benson BW. Return to Play from Concussion and Managing Concussion Protocols. Calgary City Teachers’ Convention. February 11, 2016. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Benson BW. Update on Sport Concussion. 2013 Soccer Convention. Calgary Minor Soccer Association. Calgary, Alberta. February 3, 2013.

Benson BW. Sport Concussion Management. 2012 Coaching Conference. Calgary Minor Soccer Association. Calgary, Alberta. April 14, 2012.

Benson BW. Keynote: Concussion & Athletics: What to watch out for; when can they return to their sport. 35th Family Practice Review and Update 2010. Calgary, Alberta. November 18, 2010.

Benson BW. Concussion prevention in child and adolescent ice hockey. Symposium: “What makes injury prevention in children and adolescents different?” 2nd World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention, Tromso, Norway, June 27, 2008.

Benson BW. Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Ice Hockey Injuries. 1st World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention, Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo, Norway, June 23-25, 2005.

Benson BW. The impact of face shield use on concussions in ice hockey: a multivariate analysis. Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2002, Montreal, Quebec, November 7, 2002.

Benson BW. Head and neck injury risk among intercollegiate ice hockey players wearing full versus half face shields. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, Whistler, British Columbia, March 10-13, 1999.

Mang CS*, Whitten TA, Scott SH, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Upper-extremity and postural responses to perturbed reaching movements for assessment of sport-related concussion. NeuroTrauma 2018, Toronto, Ontario, August 11-16, 2018.

Benson BW. Hockey Concussion Across Levels of Participation: Epidemiologic Facts. Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion. Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. September 28, 2017.

Mang CS*, Benson BW, Cosh MS, Whitten TA, Scott SH, Debert CT, Dukelow S. Novel Assessment of Acute Sport-Related Concussion Sensory, Motor, and Neurocognitive Impairment using Robotics: a Prospective Validation Study. Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Annual Conference. June 9, 2017. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

Benson BW, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Scott SH, Debert CT, Dukelow S. Test-retest reliability of the KINARM end-point robot for assessment of sensory, motor and neurocognitive function in athletes. SPIN Summit 2016. Calgary, Alberta, November 17, 2016.

Benson BW. The Current State of Concussion. 2013 Urgent Care Conference. Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. October 19, 2013.

Benson BW. Update on the effectiveness of helmets, mouthguards, and other protective equipment. What is new since 2008? 4th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. Zurich, Switzerland. November 2, 2012.

Benson BW. Management of Concussions. 2011-2012 Rural Video Conference Program. Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. December 13, 2011.

Benson BW. Player Equipment and Facilities that Impact Concussion: An Epidemiologic Perspective. Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussions. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. October 19-20, 2010.

Benson BW. The risk of concussion associated with mouthguard use among professional ice hockey players. 1st World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention, Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo, Norway, June 23-25, 2005.

Benson BW. The impact of face shield use on concussions in ice hockey: a multivariate analysis. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, March 20-23, 2002.

Benson BW. Head and neck injury risk in hockey players wearing full versus half shields: preliminary data. American College of Sports Medicine 45th Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 3-6, 1998.

Whitten TA, Mang CS, Cosh MS*, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Eye movement impairments after sport-related concussion. SPIN 2018. Montreal, Quebec, October 31, 2018.

Tara A. Whitten*, Cameron S. Mang, Madeline S. Cosh, Stephen H. Scott, Sean P. Dukelow, Brian W. Benson. Assessment of spatial working memory following sport-related concussion. Society for Neuroscience 2017, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., November 11-15, 2017.

Mang CS*, Benson BW, Cosh MS, Whitten TA, Scott SH, Debert CT, Dukelow S. Test-Retest Reliability of the KINARM End-Point Robot for Assessment of Sensory, Motor and Neurocognitive Function in Athletes. Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Annual Conference. June 9, 2017. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

Benson BW, Mang CS, Cosh MS, Scott SH, Debert CT, Dukelow S. Test-retest reliability of the KINARM end-point robot for assessment of sensory, motor and neurocognitive function in athletes. 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. Berlin, Germany, October 27, 2016.

Benson BW. The Epidemiologic Overview of Concussion in Ice Hockey: All Levels of Participation. Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussions. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. October 8-9, 2013.

Benson BW. Epidemiology of Ice Hockey Injuries: Defining the Problem (Professional). Keep Your Edge: Hockey Sports Medicine in 2012. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the National Hockey League Team Physicians Society (NHLTPS). Toronto, Ontario. August 24, 2012.

Benson BW. The Sport Concussion Epidemic: where are we at and where do we go from here? Seminar. Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. November 3, 2011.

Benson BW. Mouth Guards - Past, Present and Future. Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussions. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. October 19-20, 2010.

Benson BW. The NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program: A Prospective Study of 7 Regular Seasons (1997-2004). American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine (CASM) International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 25-29, 2008.

Benson BW. Head and facial protection in contact sports. Rodeo Research and Clinical Care: First International Conference. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. July 8, 2004.

Mang CS, Whitten TA, Cosh MS*, Scott SH, Dukelow SP, Benson BW. Assessment of postural movements while performing a rapid bimanual motor task after sport-related concussion. SPIN 2018. Montreal, Quebec, October 31, 2018.

Cameron S. Mang*, Tara A. Whitten, Madeline S. Cosh, Chantel T. Debert, Stephen H. Scott, Sean P. Dukelow, Brian W. Benson. Assessment of sensory, motor and cognitive function following sport-related concussion using the KINARM robot: a prospective validation study. Society for Neuroscience 2017, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., November 11-15, 2017.

Benson BW. Validation of the KINARM end-point robot for clinical assessment of acute sport concussion sensory, motor, and neurocognitive impairment in athletes. 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, Berlin, Germany, October 27, 2016.

Benson BW. Plenary: Sport Concussion and Robotics: Sensory, Motor and Neurocognitive Function in Athletes. SPIN Summit 2016. Calgary, Alberta, November 18, 2016.

Benson BW. Keynote: Sport Concussion: Return to Podium. SpIN Summit 2013 Conference. Calgary, Alberta. September 17-18, 2013.

Benson BW. Prevention of Hockey Injuries. Making a Difference: Equipment/Arena Characteristics. Keep Your Edge: Hockey Sports Medicine in 2012. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the National Hockey League Team Physicians Society (NHLTPS). Toronto, Ontario. August 24, 2012.

Benson BW. Sport Concussion: A focus on assessment, management, and return to play. Urgent Care Program. Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. October 22, 2011.

Benson BW. The NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program: A Prospective Study of 7 Regular Seasons (1997-2004). 2nd World Congress on Sports Injury Prevention, Tromso, Norway, June 27, 2008.

Benson BW. Assessment of Minor Head Injuries & Post-Concussion Syndrome. 32nd Annual Family Practice Review and Update, Village Park Inn, Calgary, Alberta. November 22, 2007.

Benson BW. The risk of concussion associated with mouthguard use among professional ice hockey players. Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine and Ontario Medical Association Sport Medicine Annual Meeting, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, February 9, 2005.

Our mission is to bring innovative high-performance sport concussion assessment, management and prevention strategies to the community utilizing evidence-informed, solution-driven practices.