Injury Prevention and Concussions

Injuries can occur in sport for young athletes. Roughly 40% of children who are admitted to the hospital experienced a sport related injury. Children are also more likely to sustain a concussion than adults. In light of these findings, it is important that officials, coaches, and parents are able to mitigate the risks and handle injury in the most appropriate way.

The aftermath of an injury not only effects the athlete physically, but emotionally, socially, and financially as well. There are serious long term consequences if an athlete does not receive proper care after sustaining an injury. Therefore it is important everyone can recognize the signs and symptoms of an injury and respond to it in a timely and effective way.

Concussion Resources

Return to Play

To come back from a brain injury such as a concussion, one must be able to rest and fully recover before returning to full participation. Management of a concussion should be in accordance of  the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. To be allowed to participate in sport again. One must obtain a Medical Clearance Form.

 

 

 

Canadian Concussion Guidelines

Parachute Canada is Canada’s national charity for injury prevention and they developed the Canadian Concussion Guidelines that is dedicated to inform everyone on consistent and research based evidence on concussion.

Recommendations include:

  1. Pre-season education
  2. Head Injury Recognition
  3. On-site Medical Assessments
  4. Medical Assessments
  5. Concussion Management
  6. Multidisciplinary Concussion Care
  7. Return to Sport