Risk Management on Sports Concussion

Risk Management Conference on Sports Concussion, organised by the AISTS, Marsh, Kessler and XL Catlin, is the first conference for international sport federations tackling the topic of sports concussion and the long term risks for international sport governing bodies. Likened to the problem of asbestos 70 years earlier, sports concussion and the long term effects on athletes is unchartered territory for the majority of international sport governing bodies where in addition to concussions caused by a single severe impact, multiple minor impacts may also cause brain injury contributing to long term neurological disorders such as Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinsonism and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The conference will shed light on the risks of sports concussion and how to mitigate those risks.


18:00 – 18:05 Introduction by Sylvain Zuber, Kessler

18:05 – 18:15 The economic, financial and criminal nature of concussion by Patrick Vajda, Marsh

18:15 – 18:30 What constitutes brain damage? A medical perspective by Dr Benjamin Richoz, CHUV

18:30 – 19:00 Concussion prevention in sports: Best practice and current implementation status by various sports federations by Markus Kälin, XL Catlin

19:00 – 19:30 The case of US professional sports by Jon Gorman, Marsh

19:30 – 19:50 The point of view from an International Sport Federation by Ivo Ferriani, IBSF

19:50 – 20:20 Questions & Discussion

20:20 – 20:30 Wrap-up by François Carrard, Kellerhals Carrard

20:30 Drinks

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Ivo Ferriani

Ivo Ferriani was elected President of the IBSF (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation) in 2010. As an athlete he competed for Italy at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and then went on to coach several international teams. After the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Ivo served as technical director for bobsleigh in the Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI). From 2002 to 2006 Winter Olympics, he served as TOROC competition manager for the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events.

Jon Gorman

Jon Gorman has over 30 years of experience in designing and managing insurance and special risk products and has serviced the sports industry in athlete injuries, and their long term effects. Jon is recognised as one of the foremost authorities in the area of player injuries, and player disability contracts. He has provided services to athletes, team doctors and coaches, organisations, and league offices including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, LPGA, PGA.

Markus Kaelin

The presentation will focus on development of concussion prevention measures by the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport and the status of the implementation of concussion protocols by various sports organisations. Furthermore risk classifications of different sports are given including the current litigation situation in various regions worldwide.

Benjamin Richoz

Benjamin Richoz earned his medical degree at the Lausanne University, School of Medicine, in 2009. In 2010 he joined Dr. Patrik Michel and his team in Neurology to conduct Stroke research. As of 2011, he is part of the neurosurgical team of Professor Levivier in CHUV Lausanne. Under the mentorship of Dr. Morard, he underwent a year of neurosurgical residency in Sion focusing in spine surgery. He is now Chief Resident at CHUV.

Patrick Vajda

Patrick Vajda was closely involved in the organisation of the risk management team for the Olympic Games at Albertville 92, Barcelona 92, and 11 other Olympic Games in a row until Sochi 2014. Since 1994. he is one of the IOC’s consultants on risk management and insurance. He is also the insurance advisor for several international federation and other international sport bodies.

Sylvain Zuber

Sylvain Zuber has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry at the national and partly international level. Sylvain is responsible for managing and developing solutions for multinationals and international organisations, including the management of the directors & officers (D&O ) advisors in charge to design and implement international and national D&O and financial lines programs.

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