Dr. Neil Craton

B.Sc., M.D., M.H.K., M.C.F.P. (SEM), Dip. Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Institutional affiliations:

Director, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Enhanced Skills Program, University of Manitoba, Legacy Site. Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine.

Adjunct Professor, Gupta School of Kinesiology and Allied Health, University of Winnipeg.

Team Physician, Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Role in adult concussion care

I have been practising medicine for over 35 years and have treated hundreds of patients with concussion.  From the sidelines, to the emergency room, to the clinic, I can think of very few conditions that have seen such a change in the way they are considered by the medical community.  It is also difficult to think of a condition that has garnered so much attention from the media.

The biomedical understanding of concussion has increased exponentially in the last decade.  The physiological causes of symptoms have been elucidated on many fronts. However, a biomedical approach is not sufficient, as we know that psychological factors are often strong determinants of long-term outcomes of this syndrome.  These realities have given rise to the biopsychosocial approach to concussion management. This requires contemplation of all facets of a person as they present with a head injury. It is an honour to work with professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds who understand the importance of this approach while striving to fulfill the mission and vision of MACN.