Concussions

 

A concussion is a brain injury.  Concussions can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body that causes a shaking or jarring of the brain inside the skull. Concussions are called the invisible injury because you can’t see the injury on the outside and tests like MRI or CT scans usually appear normal. 1

 

 

Concussions in Grey Bruce

 

Parachute Canada has released the first ever Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. 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:
http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/canadian-guideline-on-concussion-in-sport
 

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 https://cattonline.com/scat/.

Virtual-Concussion-Exam-Manual.pdf (cattonline.com)

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 (https://pedsconcussion.com/): 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

Resources for Parents

Resources for Coaches and Teachers

Resources for Municipalities

Online Learning

 

 

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