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Concussion Guideline 2022

Dr. Roger Zemek (pediatric emergency physician from the CHEO, concussion specialist at, concussion research chair at the University of Ottawa and CHEO-RI) and Dr. Jennifer Dawson (PhD Researcher at CHEO and the Guideline Developer for the Living Guideline for Pediatric Concussion Care share information from the pediatric guidelines that can improve recovery from concussion and get people back to safely doing activities, school, sports, and work.

What can you do to better support athletes during their concussion recovery?

Psychosocial factors that athletes may face after a concussion

Concussions 101

Supporting a teammate who has a concussion

Concussions and helmets


The SIRC team explores five key questions in concussion management, prevention and education:


What role does education play in improving sport-related concussion management & prevention?

Strength & Conditioning

Can neck strengthening and other exercises reduce sport-related concussion risk?


Are sport-related concussions different in males and females? What does the research say?

Disability Sport

What do we currently know about sport-related concussions in athletes with disabilities?


Equipment, such as helmets and mouthguards, can protect athletes from a wide range of injuries, but do they prevent concussions? Join SIRC to explore the role of protective equipment in concussion prevention:

Test Your Concussion Knowledge

The field of concussion research is evolving quickly, and staying on top of the latest knowledge can be a challenge. Dr. Roger Zemek of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and 360 Concussion Care helps cut through the noise by breaking down common concussion facts vs myths:

Fact or Myth? “Younger children take longer to recover from concussions, compared with older teens.”

Fact or myth? “Boys are at a higher risk of concussion, and concussion recovery takes longer in boys.”

Fact or Myth? “Following a concussion, youth may safely resume only once they are symptom-free.”


If you’re wondering if it’s important to take concussions seriously within your organization, look no further than sharing the voices of some of the best coaches and athletes in Canadian sport:

Coach’s Voice – Canada Soccer

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach, John Herdman describes the role strong policies and protocols play in a coach’s decision making and the impact on athlete safety.

Athlete’s Voice – Danielle Lappage

Danielle Lappage, Olympic wrestler, shares her journey with concussions and the importance of athlete awareness and knowledge.

Athlete’s Voice – Mercedes Nicoll

Coach’s Voice – Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada’s Troy Ryan, Head Coach of the Women’s National Team, speaks to a coach’s role in the protection of athletes.

Marketing and communications

If your goal is to capture attention and raise awareness on concussion safety with your audiences, use SIRC’s #HeadstrongCanada video. Share on social media, in your newsletters and website to guide your members towards SIRC’s research-based resources:

Concussion 101

Dr. Mike Evans, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, explains how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.