Concussions are the most common form of head injury and can be caused by either direct impact or forceful motion of the head or other part of the body that results in rapid movement of the brain within the skull. In Ontario, emergency department visits for concussions increased significantly, from 63.7 visits per 100,000 in 2003, to 242.5 per 100,000 in 2018. This may reflect a true increase in incidence, an increase in awareness and reporting, or a combination of the two. In either case, this increase identifies an opportunity for prevention.

Parachute Canada eleased the first ever Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport in 2017. This comprehensive guideline covers pre-season education and the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. It is aimed at ensuring sport participants with suspected concussions receive timely appropriate care, and proper management to allow them to return safely to their sport to continue training, competing, and enjoying a full, active life. The guideline is available at the following link:


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Resources for Professionals

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool E-Learning Course is for medical professionals in emergency and general practice family physicians, but the content is apt for all healthcare professionals involved in the assessment and care of concussion patients, including nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and athletic therapists, and occupational therapists.

The SCAT5 (for age 13+) and Child-SCAT5 (for children 5-12 years) are tools to best support your practice. Instructions and more detail at

Virtual-Concussion-Exam-Manual.pdf (

Concussion – Project ECHO® at University Health Network: ECHO Concussion covers topics related to persisting concussion symptoms, in children and adults, as well as diagnosis of acute and chronic concussion. The ECHO program is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive approach to concussion diagnosis and symptom management across the continuum. The topics cover the key elements of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Clinical Practice Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of concussion and prolonged symptoms.

Pediatric Concussion Care and Guidelines ( The Living Guideline for Pediatric Concussion Care shares up-to-date evidence-based clinical recommendations & tools for healthcare professionals diagnosing and managing children and adolescents with concussion.

Tools & Resources - Living Guideline for Pediatric Concussion Care

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Resources for Parents

Parachute Canada Tool Kit on Concussions

Concussion Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines

Concussion Information for Patients and Families (Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation)

Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines

Resources for Patients & Families | Living Concussion Guidelines (

You-CAN ( The Youth Concussion Awareness Network (You-CAN) is a group of high school students across Canada raising awareness about concussions.

By working together with their peers, students are able to share concussion knowledge and resources to help make a difference in their community.

Want to learn more about You-CAN? Contact

Resources for Coaches and Teachers

Resources for Municipalities

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