Brain Injury information, education and support

Concussion Resources for Adults

Concussions can happen in many different ways. They are not just specific to sports. Recovery from a concussion varies from person-to-person. The resources listed below can offer information and support to people in all stages of recovery. All of the information listed is based on evidence and is widely used and recommended.

Ontario Brain Injury Association

OBIA has developed the booklet, Concussion in Adults. We would like to thank Dr. Neilank Jha, MD, FRCS. (C), Dr. Lucie Pelland, PT, Ph.D, Dr. Chanth Seyone, MD, FRCPC and Dr. Deborah Tang, B.Sc., Ph.D, C.Psych. for their contributions to the development of this booklet.

Click here to order FREE hard copies of these booklets from our bookstore.

Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence and Concussion

Signs of domestic abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV) are often pictured as bruises, broken bones or black eyes. The concurrent invisible injury such as brain trauma in women is often unnoticed. A study of women who sustained domestic violence found that:

OBIA is actively involved in raising awareness of the connection between domestic violence and concussion throughout Ontario. If your organization is interested in finding out more about how OBIA can educate and support your front line workers in recognizing symptoms of a brain injury, please contact us at 1-800-263-5404.


Sunnybrook Hospital:

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Handbook

Sunnybrook Hospital developed this comprehensive, evidence-based handbook to support their patients. This handbook is available online and as a downloadable PDF. It provides helpful information about what is a concussion, helpful tips and resources to aid in your recovery process, along with a “Personal Recovery Plan” section where you can apply the strategies, keep track of your progress and make notes about important things such as medications.

 


Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF):

Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms (3rd Edition, for adults over 18 years of age)

These guidelines were developed by leading experts and researchers in the field of concussion from across Ontario. These guidelines are intended to provide evidence-based information for health care professionals in diagnosing and managing concussion. The guidelines are also available in an easy to navigate patient version.

Special features include:

  • patient version
  • new interactive, fully searchable website
  • upgraded evidence from the 2nd edition
  • French version now available.
The Concussion Centre is creating a series of videos offering brief and general overviews of the different types of healthcare providers involved in post-concussion care. These videos are based on the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Prolonged Symptoms, 3rd Edition for Adults 18+ years (2018) and Standards for Post-Concussion Care (2017­)
More videos are coming to the site. Currently, they have the following videos posted:
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Athletic Therapist
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Cognitive Neurologist

St. Joseph’s Health Care London:

 

Concussion Care Guide

This is a guide sharing information and recommendations for the first 48 hours after a concussion. It is a quick reference chart including topics such as driving after concussion, returning to work and when to seek medical attention.

 

Patient Specific Tools

This is a guide sharing information and recommendations for the first 48 hours after a concussion. It is a quick reference chart including topics such as driving after concussion, returning to work and when to seek medical attention.

 

Family Information

This area of their site offers information and tips for family members after their loved one has sustained a concussion. Often times, as a family member, we don’t quite understand how to help someone or what they are going through. The information contained here offers strategies to help their loved one on communication, hearing loss, and sleep and provides helpful resources for family members.

 

 


Additional Concussion Resources

We understand that people with concussions are trying to find out as much information as possible during their recovery, therefore, we have compiled some evidence-based resources/links. (See below)

For Kids   For Professionals

Disclaimer:
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and in no way should replace the advice given by a doctor.  If you suspect that you or someone you know has sustained a concussion, seek immediate medical attention.