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Inaugural Week prompts educational events and increased focus on concussion awareness across the country

OTTAWA, September 26, 2021 – Concussion Awareness Week, held for the first time across Canada from September 26 to October 2, 2021, encourages everyone to get involved in preventing, recognizing and managing concussions in sport.  Concussions are a public health issue that affect everyone, and Canada continues to make concussion awareness and safety in sport a priority.

Concussion Awareness Week was endorsed on January 13, 2021 by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity.

Concussion safety in Canadian sport has advanced significantly in recent years. Evolving research, evidence and knowledge have helped inform better protocols, tools and practices for managing concussions at all levels of sport in Canada. 

“The progress and the prioritization of concussion safety from coast-to-coast-to-coast is remarkable,” says Debra Gassewitz, SIRC President and CEO. “Sport and recreation communities are committed to creating safer environments, and that’s a big part of what this week is all about.”

Educational activities to support the Week are being held in communities across the country.

Resources are available for Canada’s sport community, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, organizations, and others who may be interested. Visit for more information.


About SIRC

Incorporated in 1973, SIRC, the Sport Information Resource Centre, has been the leading and most trusted source to learn, share and support Canada’s sport community for over 40 years. We are committed to engaging with organizations and individuals involved in, or responsible for the development of, sport and fitness in Canada and around the world, to enhance the capacity of our shared community to foster growth and the pursuit of excellence. SIRC is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

For information:

Peter Morrow

Communications Specialist, SIRC, 613-600-5390.