Concussion education is important for everyone involved in sport as everyone plays a role in improving concussion management and prevention. Brynna Kerr, a Research Assistant at SIRC, highlights the importance of concussion education for all sport participants and shares 5 tips for improving future educational initiatives:
Parachute Canada is the leading national charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives in Canadian sport. Parachute is home to research and evidence-based resources and tools to allow Canadians to work and play safely. Some of its concussion programs include:
Designed to make critical concussion resources accessible to Canadians the Concussion ED app is free for youth, parents and educators, but covers concussions throughout different scenarios for a wide audience:
The Parachute Smart Hockey program is a guide for teams to navigate important concussion information and help integrate concussion tools and resources to prevent, recognize and manage concussions:
Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada is a leader in the education and certification of coaches across the nation. These educational program modules will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to keep your athletes safe from concussions:
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs are free non-credited online courses offered conjointly through the Université Laval and the University of Calgary.
Led by Dr. Kathryn Schneider and Dr. Pierre Frémont, the concussion MOOCs are available to anyone and provide individuals with credible concussion information, including how they can help identify, manage, and prevent these injuries.
Stay tuned in case additional MOOCS to become available and open for registration:
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Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT)
A series of online educational modules aimed at educating coaches, athletes, parents, and more about recognizing, treating and managing concussion and ultimately reduce the risk of long-term health issues.
Developed by Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director/Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, CATT is based on the principles of the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.
Ottawa Sport Council: Concussion Education Initiative
This educational video is designed to equip coaches, players, parents, board members, staff, and volunteers alike with the knowledge of how to apply the 4 R’s of concussion management in a sport setting. Developed in partnership with Parachute Canada and SIRC thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the information provided in this video aligns with the Canadian Harmonized Concussion Protocol (which is recognized by Sport Canada and is also Rowan’s Law compliant) and presents valuable information about concussion signs and symptoms.
Sport Physiotherapy Canada
SPC established a Concussion Committee to help share and provide education and latest findings around the topic of concussion. Their microsite, Locker Room Talk: Everything Concussion for the Physiotherapist, Athlete, Coach and Parent, is updated regularly with new content:
Government of Ontario
As a leader in concussion awareness and safety, the Province of Ontario has set specific guidelines and requirements for sport organizations and school boards to keep athletes safe from concussions. In addition, the province provides concussion guidelines for students and athletes.
ConcussionsOntario.org, led by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), works with a number of experts and partners to improve concussion care across Ontario. Discover various resources: