Concussion Recommendations and Strategy:

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




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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)

Return to School Guidelines - May 2018 (PDF)

Return to Sport Guidelines - May 2018 (PDF)

Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (PDF)

Concussion Action Plan - CAP (PDF)

2016 Berlin Consensus Statement 



Definition of Concussion:

ACA supports the definition of concussion from the 2016 Berlin Consensus Concussion statement on concussion in sport:

Sport related concussion [SRC] is a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces.  Several common features that may be utilized in clinically defining the nature of a concussive head injury include:1.

The Consensus Statement, 2016 describes the following four main features of concussion:

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

3. SRC may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical signs and symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural neuroimaging studies.

4. SRC results in a range of clinical signs and symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness.  Resolution of the clinical and cognitive features typically follows a sequential course.  However, in some cases symptoms may be prolonged




Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Play Safe Initiative


Printable Documents:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:
Play Safe Initiative
Canadian Concussion Collaborative:


Return to School:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool   
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centre for Childhood Disability Research:


Return to Sport:

Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Research, Position Statements and Academic Journals: 

British Journal of Sports Medicine



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


Online Courses:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




1)     McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Dvorak J, et al. Br J Sports Med Published Online First: April 28, 2017 as 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097699

2)     Parachute, Return to Play Guidelines. Retrieved from

3)     Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), Return to Play Communication Tool. Retrieved from

4)     Canadian Ethics in Sport, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). An Active and Safe Program Resource. Retrieved from

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

10)  Beaglehole, Bonita & Kjellstrom(2006), Basic Epidemiology. Retrieved from

11)  Play Safe, Play Safe Resources: Developing a Concussion Policy. Retrieved from



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