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Concussion Resources for Children

Children can respond to concussions differently than adults. This page helps to provide different information for kids, parents, coaches and professionals about children’s concussions.

All the information on this page is evidence-based and has been collected by professionals in the field of brain injury.

Ontario Brain Injury Association

OBIA has developed the booklet, Concussion in Children and Youth. 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.


Holland Bloorview

Concussion and You: A Handbook for Parents and Kids

This Concussion Handbook is designed to help with your concussion management and recovery. Whether you’re a kid or teenager who recently sustained a concussion, or a parent, teacher or coach of someone dealing with concussion, the management techniques laid out in this concussion handbook can help to speed up the path to recovery.

Concussion Infographics

Holland Bloorview has compiled a series of infographics with a variety of information including:

  6 Things You Should Know about Concussion
Signs of Concussion
  I think I have a Concussion, How can I get better?
  How to Conserve Energy After a Concussion
Sleep Tips
Concussion Myths and Facts

 

SCHOOLFirst

SCHOOLFirst is a tool that has been developed to help teachers and other school personnel be a Concussion Champion and support youth upon their return-to-school after a concussion.

This tool will:

  • help you understand your role as Concussion Champion
  • provide you with ideas on how to support students with a concussion
  • link you to resources to help you build your concussion knowledge
  • provide you with a planning tool to identify the steps you are taking to be a Concussion Champion

Parachute – Concussion Ed

The Concussion Ed app is designed to give Canadians free access to critical concussion resources. This free mobile app was primarily developed for youth, parents and educators, but covers concussions throughout different scenarios for a wide audience. Available in English and French, Concussion Ed is organized into Prevent, Recognize, Manage and Track. Parachute worked under the guidance of its Expert Advisory Committee and with selected members from the Canadian Concussion Collaborative to select relevant, evidence-based material for Concussion Ed. The development of Concussion Ed was supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 


Research:

5P Study – Predicting Persistent Post-Concussive Problems in Pediatrics

This research was led at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and includes more than 3,000 children as participants. This study revealed a number of findings with the purpose of being “more efficient in arranging follow-up.” Roger Zemek, lead researcher.


Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation:

 

Living Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion

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 pediatric concussion. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to bring these guidelines to the attention of your child’s health care professional.


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 Adults   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.