Concussion Recommendations and Strategy:

For prevention to safe recovery of all sport and recreation related concussions

 

 

 

Twitter: ABConAlli

 

Who we are:

Alberta Concussion Alliance (ACA) is a group of professionals in Alberta who have come together to provide strategic direction our community, about the prevention of and safe recovery from sport and recreation-related concussions.

 


Vision:  Prevention and safe recovery of all concussions.

 

Mission: Alberta Concussion Alliance (ACA) will provide Albertans with easily accessible research driven concussion prevention and management practices that are simple and safe to use.


Target Audience: Community members, educators, employers, coaches, team staff, caregivers, and healthcare providers for Albertans 13 years and older who participate in or are involved in recreation and sporting activities.

 

Concussion Recommendations and Strategy:

 

Alberta Concussion Alliance Concussion Recommendations and Strategy (PDF)

Concussion Management - Signs and Symptoms (PDF)

Return to Learn Guidelines - Oct 2015 (PDF)

Return to Play Guidelines - Oct 2015 (PDF)

Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool (PDF)

Concussion Action Plan - CAP (PDF)

Model Concussion Policy and Protocol (PDF)

 

 

Definition of Concussion:

ACA supports the definition of concussion from the 2012 Zurich consensus statement on concussion in sport:

  • Concussion is a brain injury and is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces.

The consensus statement describes the following four main features of concussion:

  1. Concussion may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head.

  2. Concussion typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurologic function that resolves spontaneously. However in some cases, symptoms and signs may evolve over a number of minutes to hours

  3. Concussion may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury and, as such, no abnormality is seen on standard structural neuroimaging studies.

  4. Concussion results in a graded set of clinical symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive symptoms typically follows a sequential course. However, it is important to note that in some cases symptoms maybe prolonged.

 



 

Websites:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Parachute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
OPHEA
Play Safe Initiative
http://www.playsafeinitiative.ca/news/concussion-policy-resources

 

Printable Documents:

Parachute
Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sports Legacy Institute
Play Safe Initiative

 

Return to Learn:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centre for Childhood Disability Research: http://canchild.ca/en/ourresearch/resources/MTBI-Return_to_School_Brochure.pdf

 

Return to Play:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Parachute
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Parachute

 

Research, Position Statements and Academic Journals: 

British Journal of Sports Medicine
http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/5/250.short
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Canadian Pediatric Society

 

Videos:

Dr. Mike Evans- Concussion Management and Return to Learn
Dr. Mike Evans- Concussion 101

 

Online Courses:

Parachute
Coach.ca
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
School Sport Canada
National Federation of State High School Associations

 

Applications:

Moms Team

 


References:

1)      McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Aubry M, et al. Summary and agreement statement of the 4th International Symposium on Concussion in Sport, Zurich 2012. Clin J Sport Med. 2013;23:89–117

2)      Parachute, Return to Play Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.parachutecanada.org/downloads/resources/Returntoplayguidelines.pdf

3)      Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), Return to Play Communication Tool. Retrieved from http://ppc.cattonline.com/resources/files/return-to-play.pdf

4)      Canadian Ethics in Sport, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). An Active and Safe Program Resource. Retrieved from http://www.cces.ca/files/pdfs/CCES-Active&Safe-Pledge-E.pdf

5)      Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Gammons M, et al. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement: Concussion in Sport. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013 Jan;47(1):15-26. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091941.
6)      Purcell LK. (March 3, 2014)). Sport-related concussion: Evaluation and management. Canadian Paediatric Society Healthy Active Living and Sports Medicine Committee Paediatric Child Health 2014;19(3);153-8

7)      Dr. Garnet Cummings (2012), Brain Care Centre, Concussion Position Statement.

8)      ISO/DIS 31000 (2009). Risk management — Principles and guidelines on implementationInternational Organization for Standardization.

9)      St. Luke’s Sport Medicine (2013). Idaho Concussion Management Plan. Retrieved from http://www.stlukesonline.org/sports/documents/IdahoConcussionManagementPlan.pdf

10)   Beaglehole, Bonita & Kjellstrom(2006), Basic Epidemiology. Retrieved from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2006/9241547073_eng.pdf

11)   Play Safe Initiative.ca, Play Safe Resources: Developing a Concussion Policy. Retrieved fromhttp://www.playsafeinitiative.ca/uploads/3/0/6/4/3064403/play_safe_concussion_policy_guide_1014.pdf

 

 

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