Concussions

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Resources for Parents and Athletes

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a common form of traumatic brain injury that can affect how your brain works. Concussions may happen because of any blow to the head, face or neck or a blow to the body that jars the head. When such a hit takes place, the brain may twist or move back and forth inside the skull. If this sudden movement is hard enough, the brain can become injured and can cause a variety of signs and symptoms. For more information, please consult the following resources:

  • Concussion: The Basics
  • Concussion Guide for Parents and Caregivers
  • Concussion Guide for Athletes
  • Concussion Ed App

NOTE: Most concussions do not lead to a loss of consciousness since it occurs in less than 10% of diagnosed concussions.

Concussion Recognition

It is important to remember that a formal diagnosis of concussion can only be made following a medical assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner. However, anyone should be able to identify a suspected concussion, if they are using the right tool. In order to help you with your efforts to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion both on and off the playing field, please consult the following resources:

  • Tool to identify a suspected concussion
  • Concussion Recognition Tool – 5th Edition (CRT5)
  • Concussion Poster
  • Concussion Bookmark

Concussion management

Most people will fully recover following a concussion. However, it’s important to remember that concussion symptoms may get worse with excessive physical and mental exertion. This is why it is important to follow a healthcare provider’s advice for a progressive return to regular activities at school, work and at play. For more information, please consult the following resources:

  • Return to Work Strategy
  • Return to School Strategy (Coming Soon)
  • Return to Sport/Physical Activity Strategy

Resources for Coaches

As you know, coaches play an essential role in helping to encourage safe participation in physical activity. In addition to knowing how to identify suspected cases of concussion, we encourage you to consult the following resources to support you with this important effort:

  • Concussion Guide for Coaches and Trainers
  • Return to Work Strategy
  • Return to Sport/Physical Activity Strategy
  • Medical Clearance Letter
  • Statement on Concussion Baseline Testing in Canada
  • Making Headway Concussion eLearning (Coaching Association of Canada)
  • Online Course for Coaches (Concussion Awareness Training Tool)
  • Concussion Ed

Resources for Healthcare Professionals

With the support of a multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare professionals from New Brunswick, the NB Trauma Program has compiled the most up to date evidence-based concussion information for the assessment and management of patients with a concussion. For more information, please consult the following resources:

  • Assessment Tools: SCAT5 and CHILD-SCAT5
  • Post-concussion Symptom Checklist
  • Prescription for Concussion
  • Return to Work/Daily Activity Strategy
  • Return to School Strategy (Coming Soon)
  • Return to Sport/Physical Activity Strategy
  • Medical Clearance Letter
  • Online Course for Medical Professionals (Concussion Awareness Training Tool)
  • eLearning Module on Concussion (Coming Soon)

Handouts:

  • Guidelines for a Return to Work/Daily Activity following a concussion diagnosis
  • Guidelines for a Return to School and a Return to Sport/Physical Activity following a concussion diagnosis

Resources for School Administrators and Teachers

Coming Soon!

 

If you require more information about these concussion resources, please contact the NB Trauma Program at NBTrauma@Horizonnb.ca. If you think you, your child, your student or athlete may have a concussion, please seek a consultation with a physician or a nurse practitioner as soon as possible.

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