Concussion Symposium

Jan. 05, 2024

Lacrosse Canada is pleased to announce our concussion symposium that will take place January 21st at 7pm eastern time via a zoom meeting. Some of the best doctors, athletic therapists, and coaches will be presenting on different subjects that all relate to safety within our game when it comes to concussions.

Registration can be done simply by clicking the link below. All topics and presenters bios are attached below.

This Symposium is free.






1)     Parachute Canada- protocols

2)     New protocols on concussions- Amsterdam consensus statement on concussion in sport

3)     Early Diagnosis

4)     Treatment/Recognition- continued care and sharing of info with each practitioner

5)     Professional athlete to normal life

6)     The effects of concussions on Mental Health



Dr. Shannon Bauman, MD

Sports Medicine Physician, Sports Injury and Concussion Clinic, Medical Director of Concussion North, BS, BScN, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Bauman has been caring for athletes of all levels for the last 18 years--from recreational to professional and national level competitors. She was a Team Physician for the World Cup Sledge Hockey 2009, 2010 Vancouver Olympics Men's Sledge Hockey, and Team Canada Senior Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. Dr. Bauman is the Medical Director and founder of Concussion North-- a Physician led inter-disciplinary team-based clinic specializing in sports injuries and sports related concussions.

She is an Expert Advisor on concussions to the Federal government of Canada. Dr. Bauman was nominated for the “Minister’s Medal” (Ministry of Health) for her innovative Concussion Care model. She is also an advisor to Parachute Canada and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation ABI and Provincial Standards committees. Dr. Bauman has co-authored the “Canadian Guidelines on Concussion in Sport” and has developed sports specific protocols for the Canadian National Sport Organizations through Parachute Canada.

She has also co-authored Ontario Neurotrauma Guidelines for Pediatrics; Adult with Persistent Symptoms; and Provincial Standards for Concussions. Dr. Bauman’s has presented research on “Sex Differences and Persistent symptoms in Sport Related Concussions” in Amsterdam, Berlin, Germany, Split, Croatia, Georgetown (First Pink Concussion Conference), Washington, DC, Victoria, BC, and Toronto, ON. Her work has been featured in Health Magazine, NY Magazine, Sports Illustrated, on CBC News, on multiple pod-casts, and published in internationally recognized journals.

Dr Marcus Robinson

Dr. Marcus Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada. He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in Santa Rosa, California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA.

Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Robinson was able to transfer his skills in motion capture to the entertainment industry. He was the motion capture studio lead for several movies and video games including Barbie: the Princess and the Pauper, Stuart Little 3, and Tony Hawk.

Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary. As a Sport Medicine Physician, he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Calgary Roughnecks (2014 - present), Team Physician for the Calgary Stampeders (2015 - present), and Team Physician for the Calgary Hitmen (2015 - present). He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013), and Lacrosse Canada National Teams.


Dave Murray

Dave Murray is an osteopathic manual practitioner and certified athletic therapist. Dave began his post-secondary education at Western University, where he received a degree in Physical Education. He also completed post-graduate Master’s degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, postgraduate diplomas in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College, where he graduated with high honours, and Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy.

With his Osteopathic and Masters studies, Dave focused his research on blood flow in individuals with spinal cord injuries. In addition to clinic life at Balance, Dave has been a member of the Sport Medicine Team at McMaster University , working in both the clinic and the field. As well, Dave has also been the Head Athletic Therapist for the former Ontario Raiders and current Toronto Rock Professional Lacrosse Teams, competing in the National Lacrosse League. Dave’s lacrosse experience has extended to the international level, where he was a member of the Sports Medicine Teams for Team Canada numerous times including the 2023 World Championships.


Tyler Quennell

Tyler has been a sports medicine practitioner for over 23 years with various teams across multiple sports. He holds a current position with the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club of the NLL And Has been involved with the Canadian National Team at the 2017, Heritage cup, and most recently with the National Sixes Team that won Gold at the World Games in Alabama in 2022. Tyler is proud to serve as the head athletic therapist of team, Canada's men's box lacrosse team as they compete in 2024 at the Men's World Box Championship in Utica, New York. 

Stephen Lobsinger 

Stephen Lobsinger is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Manual Osteopath from Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to becoming involved in the sport of lacrosse Stephen received a Bachelor of Science, Honours Kinesiology, from the University of Waterloo; a Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College; and a Diploma in Osteopathic and Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Stephen got his start in lacrosse in 2005 with the Kitchener Waterloo Kodiaks (Major Series Lacrosse). Since then Stephen has continued his love of lacrosse working with the Six Nations Chiefs (Major Series Lacrosse), Chicago Shamrox (National Lacrosse League), Toronto/Hamilton Nationals (Major League Lacrosse), Rochester Knighthawks (National Lacrosse League) and has represented Canada on the world stage with the Men’s Field (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022), Men’s Box (2011, 2015 and 2019), and Junior Men’s field (2016, and 2023) lacrosse programs.

Over the past 18 years in lacrosse Stephen has been a part of 12 amateur, professional, and international championship teams, including a historic three-peat with the Rochester Knighthawks (2012, 2013, 2014), and highlighted by a 2014 Gold medal victory over the United States at the Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver Coloarado. When not working in clinical practice in Guelph, Ontario or covering lacrosse, Stephen can be found at the family cottage on Conestoga Lake. 

Claire Biafore

Claire Biafore has been a member with Lacrosse Canada since 2021. Her love for Lacrosse began at York University, when she was selected to be the assistant therapist of the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Team. 

 Since that time, Claire has successfully completed her: 

  • CAT(C)
  • ATC
  • DScO, DOMP
  • RMT
  • Medical Acupuncturist diploma
  • Masters in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Kinesiology and Health Science.

 Currently, Claire is the Head Therapist of Lacrosse Canada’s U20 team, Sixes NWT and Field Lacrosse NWT.  In 2022, Claire travelled to Maryland (World Championships) and Alabama (World Games), to support the successful Gold and Silver Medal wins of the Field and Sixes NWT. 

Erika Busk

Erika Busk is a Certified Athletic Therapist and yoga teacher from Kingston, ON. She started working with lacrosse in 2016, but her love of the game started when she played field lacrosse in high school. Erika worked as Head Athletic Therapist for Team Ontario Lacrosse from 2018-2022 and then joined the Lacrosse Canada medical staff for the Senior Women’s National Team at the 2022 World Championship. She is currently working with the U20 Women’s National Team and will accompany them to Hong Kong in August 2024 for their World Championship.

Dan Carey

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Carey was the Mammoth’s first-round selection (seventh overall) in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. He was named an NLL All-Star in each of his first three seasons in the league, and as a rookie, was instrumental in Colorado winning the Champion’s Cup in 2006. In 60 career regular-season games with Colorado, Carey scored 89 goals and assisted on 147 others before adding 25 points in 12 games with the Toronto Rock during the 2012 campaign to close out a six-year professional playing career. He posted his best season in the NLL in 2007 when he tallied career-highs in goals (32), assists (44), points (76) and points-per-game (4.75) before being named the recipient of the 2008 NLL’s Sportsmanship Award a year later.

Carey is also a three-time Mann Cup champion with his hometown Peterborough Lakers. He helped the Lakers to three titles over a four-year span (2004, 2006, 2007) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Mann Cup, Canada’s top prize in senior men’s box lacrosse. Internationally, Carey also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and took home silver while serving as team coordinator for the Canadian men’s national team at last year’s World Lacrosse Championship. He is the current General Manager of the Rochester Knighthawks.

John Grant Jr

John Grant Jr. was named to the Hall of Fame for the Professional Lacrosse League, National Lacrosse League, and the University of Delaware. He is most notably the only player to be awarded the MVP in Major League Lacrosse and NLL in the same year. He has six MLL Championships, one NLL title, five Mann Cup crowns and four World Championship titles with Team Canada as a player and two more as an assistant coach. Prior to his collegiate coaching at John’s Hopkins and the Air Force Academy, Coach Grant Jr spent time at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado where they advanced to three 4A State Championships, winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017. As an educator, coach, and former player, John is excited to build a one of a kind lacrosse program that will produce the best players and more importantly quality young men that will succeed at the next level and in life.

Dr. Carla Edwards

Dr. Carla Edwards is a Psychiatrist whose practice focuses on the treatment of mental illness and psychological struggles in athletes. Hailing from Newfoundland and Labrador, she completed her Bachelor of Science and Masters’ degrees in Chemistry at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. While completing her degrees, she also competed on their varsity volleyball team in the Atlantic University conference, accumulating such awards as Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All Star for each of her five years of competition.  She was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sport Hall of Fame in 2015. She obtained her medical degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing a psychiatry residency at McMaster University. She has been an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University since 2005. 

Services are extended to varsity athletes, National teams, professional teams, and other high performance organizations (including the National Ballet of Canada). Dr. Edwards has treated Olympians and athletes from Swimming Canada, Athletics Canada, TriCan, Hockey Canada, Skate Canada, and Cycling Canada; and also provides sport psychiatry consultation and support for the Hamilton TigerCats and Hamilton Forge. 

Dr Pam Weatherbee

Dr. Weatherbee was born and raised in Calgary, competing in multiple sports and ultimately playing basketball with the University of Calgary. Graduated medicine and completed her psychiatric residency at the University of Calgary before practicing in a variety of areas including sport, concussion, emergency, inpatients and teaching DBT groups. Dr. Weatherbee has had a special interest in working with athletes since residency, and is involved with Canadian and International Sport Psychiatry groups, as well as a global summit group aiming to grow the area of sport psychiatry around the world. 


About Lacrosse Canada


Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 11 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - Nike, CoachThem, Gait, Cascade, Normatec, Zoll, Signature Lacrosse, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.



For more information, please contact:

Kealan Pilon
Communications Coordinator
Lacrosse Canada





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