03/13/2014 12:29 EDT | Updated 05/13/2014 05:59 EDT

New centre in Winnipeg to provide treatment for, research into kid concussions

WINNIPEG - A new program in Winnipeg will offer specialized research and treatment for kids who suffer concussions.

The Pan Am Concussion Program is to be up and running by this fall and is expected to see as many as 30 children and teenagers every week.

It is to be located at MTS Iceplex, a four-rink facility that hosts amateur games and tournaments as well as practices for the NHL Winnipeg Jets.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says kids are active on the hockey rink, the football field and elsewhere, but that brings with it a risk of injury.

The program is to be led by Dr. Michael Ellis, a neurosurgeon who recently worked at Toronto Western Hospital.

Organizers are promising innovative research into how concussions can be better diagnosed and managed.