While the effects of concussion have become a mainstream topic of conversation with high profile cases of CTE in professional athletes and movies like 2015's Concussion staring Will Smith there is still a great deal of misinformation and confusion regarding the identification and treatment of concussions.
According to Health Canada:
Public opinion research with parents, coaches, athletes, school staff and health professionals shows that:
1 in 2 have little or no knowledge
1 in 4 do not know how concussion is treated
15% can identify the best ways to treat concussion
4 in 10 know how to find information and other resources
This page is intended to help provide access to information and resources for Students, Athletes, Teachers, Coaches and Parents on how to recognize a possible concussion, how to seek proper treatment and best practices in returning to activity.
It is important to note that while most of the information provided will refer to sports related concussions, a concussion can occur from any incident that cause excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull.
Concussion Awareness Training Tools
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), is a free, online resource that coaches, school professionals, parents, and students/athletes can use to better understand concussion care. Developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) can be found here: https://cattonline.com/.
To learn more on concussion awareness that fits your situation click on the Concussion Awareness Training e-learning courses and accompanying resources listed below. Each course takes approximately 45 mins to complete.
Parachute, founded in 2012 through the amalgamation of four charities in the injury prevention field, has become Canada’s leader in injury prevention focused on three key areas where people are unintentionally injured: in the home, at play, and on the move. Parachute provides current research and a wide variety of downloadable resources and tools for recognizing and responding to concussions and can be found here: https://parachute.ca/en/injury-topic/concussion/
Parachute Canadian Guidelines on Concussions in Sport
Click the button below for information and access to the Parachute Concussion Ed App