Information for Healthcare Providers
In Canada, approximately 30,000 concussions or related head injuries are reported annually among 12-to-19-year-old children and youth (Stats Canada 2011).
A family physician/nurse practitioner is often the first medical professional seen by the child or youth following the injury. Parents look to you for proper identification, management, and education regarding concussions. All Ontario school boards have a comprehensive concussion policy that requires physician assessment and approval for return to school and physical activity.
For more information on the board concussion policies:
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Concussion Directive
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Concussion Protocols
Resources to support your practice:
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE)
Clinician office version
Hamilton Public Health Services, McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital developed a concussion algorithm for identification and management with a list of Hamilton community services.
CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Patient resources on pediatric concussion management:
Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT)
Professionals Clinical Toolkit includes: on-line course, in office assessments, printable resources, videos and case studies.
Canadian Medical Association
Getting Clear About Concussion Care (CME Course)
1.5 hour course re: assessment, management (short/long-term) and safe return to learn/play
Guidelines for diagnosing and managing pediatric concussion (Age 5 +)