On March 19th, KRG researcher Matt Ventresca was featured as a panelist at IMPACT 2.0, an event hosted by the Queen’s Concussion Awareness Committee as part of their annual speaker’s series. Matt spoke alongside a panel of student-athletes, concussion advocates and medical experts and discussed how experiences of concussions can be influenced by the culture of sport and broader social issues.

Matt’s talk also addressed the recent news that Chris Borland, a rising star in the National Football League, suddenly retired from football citing concerns about concussions and their potential effects on his long-term health. Matt’s remarks considered Borland’s announcement as part of broader cultural context and zeroed in on how intersections of gender and social class fueled the public response to his decision.