Ever-advancing research into concussions combined with the injuries suffered by many high-profile athletes have brought the issue to the forefront of player safety.
The OMHA has been fortunate to have Dr. Shannon Bauman as a resource in providing us the latest information regarding research and recommendations in this area. Dr. Bauman is a member of the Parachute Canada Expert Sub-Committee, contributing as a co-author in the development of these guidelines. The OMHA has also consulted with our Medical Advisory Committee in the review of the current information and research.
The Government of Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with Parachute Canada has released the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. These guidelines were developed based on the published systematic reviews and summary from the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, expert consensus opinion from the Parachute Canada Expert Advisory Committee on Concussion and input from important stakeholders in Canadian sport, health, and education. The overall goal of the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport is to provide clear and consistent information to all Canadian sport stakeholders (including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals) on evidence-informed approaches that can prevent concussion and more serious forms of head injury and help identify and manage an athlete with a suspected concussion.
A summary of the Guideline Key Messages includes:
• Recognition and Removal from Play
• Assessment, Medical Care (post-injury) and Clearance for Return to Play
With respect to Baseline Testing, research indicates that Baseline Testing of youth athletes (under 18 years of age) using any tool or combination of tools is not required to provide post-injury care of those who sustain a suspected or diagnosed concussion. Baseline testing is not recommended in youth athletes regardless of the sport or level of play. A detailed position statement is available from Parachute Canada.
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