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Thematic 2018: Can Nutrition be a Tool to Protect or Treat Concussions?


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Ashley Armstrong


The purported relationship between both concussion and sub-concussion injuries and long term cognitive deficits including the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has drawn much attention to the risks of repeated head impacts, which may be more common with sport participation. This presentation will examine current evidence around the potential role of specific nutrients and nutritional supplements to influence potential brain protection in high risk sports, as well as their effects on supporting post concussion management.

About the Speaker: Ashley Armstrong, MS., RD., CSSD, IOC Dipl. Sports Nutrition, ISAK Level 1, Canadian Sport Institute, Sport Dietitian

Ashley is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics, with a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Acadia University, and a Masters in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Sydney, Australia. Over the past several years Ashley has been working at the Canadian Sport Institute in Victoria, working closely with the National Men's and Women's Rugby 7's team as well as with Triathlon Canada and within the National Mountain Bike program through Cycling Canada. Beyond the performance support she provides athletes, Ashley is dedicated to their short- and long-term health. While immersed in rugby, she took a keen interest in the role of nutrition on brain health and concussion recovery. She has developed post-concussion recovery protocols for both rugby players along with other high risk athletes. Ashley is currently involved in a research project alongside Texas Christian University examining the role of DHA in sub-concussion injury risk in elite men's and women's rugby player.

***Original Source: "2018 Thematic Conference", Saturday, January 13, 2018

Length: 41:08

Type: Video

Last Updated: July 26, 2018

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