SMA NSW 2015 State Conference

Professor Barry Willer

International Keynote Speaker


Barry Willer PhD received his training in psychology at York University in Toronto Canada. He is currently a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo. He has conducted numerous studies of traumatic brain injury and has three books and more than 140 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

In 1999 he authored the first return to play guidelines following concussion for Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation. In 2000 the International Olympics Association adopted Willer’s return play guidelines in time for the Sydney Summer Olympics. He has since gone on to lead a group of researchers at the University at Buffalo to research the physiological aspects of concussion.

His team is the first group to promote active rehabilitation of concussion as opposed to the more standard protocol of rest until asymptomatic. His group also conducted the first and only published evaluation of the Zurich consensus guidelines for return to play.

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Mark Bos
Sports Medicine Australia NSW
Phone: (02) 8736 1200
Fax: (02) 8736 1205