Bruises, Betting and Beer

Canadian Institutes of Health Research experts discuss sports and health on the eve of Super Bowl XLIV

OTTAWA, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting event in North America. The sports industry has a significant impact on the economy and dominates the lives of millions of fans who play, watch and bet on sports. Along with all the fun, there is a darker side.

Several experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to comment on different aspects related to the health issues surrounding alcohol abuse, gambling addictions, musculoskeletal, and neurological health.

Experts:

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Better helmets for harder hits: Developing new football helmets to protect players from spinal and brain injuries

Dr. Peter Alec Cripton, CIHR-funded researcher on exchange at the University of Berne, Switzerland

Helping athletes compete again: Advances in the world of knee repair and joint replacement

Dr. Cyril Frank, former CIHR Scientific Director for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (Calgary)

A better bedside manner: Improving athlete recovery through better health practitioner attitude and athlete education

Hayley Catherine Russell, CIHR-funded graduate student at Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo)

Growing up on the gridiron: What are the long term implications of sports concussions received during childhood?

Dr. Maryse Lassonde, CIHR-funded researcher at the Hôpital Sainte-Justine Center for research in Neuropsychology and Cognition, Universite de Montréal

We can rebuild him, we have the technology: Multi-disciplinary research advancements in spinal cord injury repair

Dr. Michael Fehlings, CIHR-funded researcher at the Toronto Western Research Institute

Know when to fold them, know when to walk away: Alcohol abuse and gambling among Canada's undergraduates

Dr. Sylvia Kairouz, CIHR-funded researcher from Concordia University (Montréal)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613) 954-6653, E-mail: mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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