KPE Science Café - Championing Change in Sport


On November 22, 2023, a panel of experts from U of T's Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education came together to discuss the latest advancements in concussion research, as part of KPE's Science Café series.

The panelists dove deep into the latest trends and insights, evaluated the effectiveness of current efforts to reduce the burden of concussion, and explored proactive sports measures to minimize concussion risks.


  • Professor Michael Hutchison oversees the clinical and research activities related to sport concussion at the David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, University of Toronto. He holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto) and specializes in sport-related concussion research in various populations ranging from adolescent students, university level students, and professional athletes.
  • Dr. Doug Richards is a retired clinical sport physician and biomechanist. He has been a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto since 1991. Over his clinical career, Dr. Richards organized and provided medical services at a variety of national and international sporting events and major games. He has been team physician for U of T’s Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams, Canada’s women's national basketball team, for our national beach volleyball teams and the Toronto Raptors.
  • Kyla Pyndiura is a fourth year PhD Candidate in Exercise Science supervised by Dr. Michael Hutchison at the University of Toronto. She is also the Lab Manager of the Centre for Sport-Related Concussion Research, Innovation, and Knowledge where she has studied and researched various populations following concussion. In 2020, Kyla completed her Master of Science degree. For her PhD, Kyla is developing, evaluating, and implementing a functional test that combines all factors of concussion management. Kyla's current research focus is on the physiological effects, management/rehabilitation, and prognosis of sport-related concussions.


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