Concussion management is a key consideration for sports organizations everywhere. As we learn more about the damage caused by brain injuries like this, we can do more to mitigate them and help athletes suffering to recover safely and as completely as possible. There are many resources for concussion education, and here are five for you to bookmark and share with your colleagues.
Parachute Canada provides resources for preventing injuries and overall safety, and has an entire section about concussions, that includes a variety of resources including:
- Guide: Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport, plus those for parents and caregivers, teachers, coaches and trainers, and athletes
- Resource: Baseline Testing and Fact Sheet
- Toolkits: Return to School and Return to Sport
You can even download their infographic that highlights how much work Parachute has done, and continues to do, in the field of concussion prevention, recognition, and management.
Brainline provides key information about brain injuries and PTSD. Resources include general information about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and key resources, like:
- Articles: Concussion – Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
- Videos: Concussion 101 – An Illustrated Intro for Kids and Parents
- Expert Q&A: How Can Parents Help Education Their Children’s Coaches About Concussion?
- Research: Updated Concussion Treatment Recommendations for Children & Teens
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The mission of the CDC is protect North Americans from health, safety, and security threats. With an extensive network of experts and resources, the CDC has some great concussion information including:
- Basic information about the signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as response, recovery, and prevention.
- National Concussion Surveillance System – a pilot initiative to help accurately determine how many Americans (children and adults) get a concussion each year and determine the cause
- HEADS UP to Brain Injury Awareness – a program for parents, youth, sports coaches, school coaches and professionals, and health providers
KidsHealth is the world’s most visited site about children’s health. With information separated into parent and kid-friendly formats, information is in age-appropriate formats that make things easy for everyone to understand:
- Concussions (for Kids): An overview of the signs of a concussion, how to respond to one, and how to protect the brain ongoing.
- Concussions (for Parents): An in-depth resource that includes signs and symptoms of a concussion, diagnosis and treatment, and ensuring a safe return to play/school.
Sports Concussion Institute
The Sports Concussion Institute (SCI) provides state-of-the-art assessment, treatment, and prevention services to address concussion care needs of athletes, and provide specialized care to those living with traumatic brain injuries. As a leading expert in the field of concussion education, management, and treatment, SCI provides a number of resources for athletes, parents, coaches, and teachers.
- Baseline Testing: The importance of testing brain function before an injury occurs, so that post-concussion testing can identify the severity of the injury and direct recovery.
- Resources: Frequently asked questions about concussions as well as individual toolkits for athletes, parents and family, coaches, teachers, and healthcare professionals.
And if you’d like more, here are some other great resources for you to bookmark:
- Sports Safety Infographic (SafeKids Worldwide)
- Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion (Stop Concussions)
- Second Impact Syndrome (US National Library of Medicine)
- Graduated Return to Play Protocol (SportMedBC)
- Concussions: Guide to Helmets (ePACT Network)
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