New consensus statement on concussion in sport released
The new consensus statement on concussion in sport, along with updated new concussion resources, were publicly released March 12, 2013. Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the statement is primarily for use by physicians and healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of injured athletes.
It is a result of the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012, and revises and updates earlier recommendations developed following the 1st (Vienna 2001), 2nd (Prague, 2004) and 3rd (Zurich, 2008) international conferences. One of the co-authors is Dr. Charles Tator, founder of ThinkFirst Canada, now part of Parachute.
Updated, new resources include the Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool V3 (SCAT3) and the SCAT3 for children ages five to 12 years. The authors encourage readers to copy and distribute freely all these documents but to do so without altering them or converting them to a digital format.
The NEW ThinkFirst Concussion Education course is now available online. Visit http://concussioneducation.ca for more details and to sign up.
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Concussions are brain injuries caused by excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. This movement causes damage that changes how brain cells function, leading to symptoms that can be physical (headaches, dizziness), cognitive (problems remembering or concentrating), or emotional (feeling depressed). A concussion can result from a blow to the head or body in any number of activities including receiving a check in hockey, falling from a jungle gym, being in a motor vehicle collision, or slipping on an icy sidewalk.
A concussion is a common injury, but since they cannot be seen on X-rays or CT scans, they have been difficult to fully investigate and understand. Fortunately, there have been many important advances in our knowledge of concussions, including how to identify, manage, and recover from a concussion. Although concussions are often referred to as "mild traumatic head injuries" and often resolve uneventfully, ALL concussions have the potential for serious and long-lasting symptoms and so must be treated carefully and in consultation with a physician.
On these pages you'll find information and resources to help you learn about concussions, their symptoms and signs, and what to do if you suspect you or someone you know has a concussion. There is also useful information for physicians, parents, sport coaches and trainers about how to recognize, manage, and recover from a concussion. This information was developed with the leading neurosurgeons, family and sports physicians, neurologists and risk management experts that compose ThinkFirst's Concussion Education and Awareness Committee.
Concussion Education and Awareness Committee
In 2004, ThinkFirst Canada asked a group of experts to come together to develop concussion education resources and to share best practices on how to get concussion information into the hands of parents, physicians, coaches and players. After some discussion, these experts chose to call themselves the Concussion Education and Awareness Committee. ThinkFirst is very grateful to this committee for providing expert advice and endorsements of the concussion education material on the web site, and for updating them regularly in accordance with worldwide established principles of concussion diagnosis and management. Committee members also participate in seminars, workshops and Concussion Road Shows across the country, partnering with groups that include Hockey Canada and the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund.
Dr. Shelina Babul - Vancouver, BC
Dr. Brian Benson - Calgary, AB
Dr. Pat Bishop - Elmira, ON
Dr. James Carson - Unionville, ON
Dr. David Cassidy - Toronto, ON
Dr. Paul Comper - Toronto, ON
Dr. Paul Echlin - Burlington, ON
Dr. Carolyn Emery - Calgary, AB
Cindy Hughes - Toronto, ON
Dr. Brian Hunt - Vancouver, BC
Todd Jackson - Ottawa, ON
Lois Kalchman - Toronto, ON
Dr. Jamie Kissick - Ottawa, ON
Dr. Alison Macpherson - Toronto, ON
Rebecca Nesdale-Tucker - Toronto, ON
Dr. Jeffery Pike - Moncton, NB
Dr. Laura Purcell - Hamilton, ON
Dr. Charles Tator - Toronto, ON
Samantha Sagar - Toronto, ON
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The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The collaborators have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However the individuals and organizations listed on this website make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content of this site.