We keep saying this, but that’s because it’s true. Concussions are a hot topic these days. While a lack of concussion awareness was a serious issue for some time, that issue is diminishing in size. In fact, what information we do have as a society about concussions is pretty prominently out there these days.
Canadians Coming Together Against Concussions
Various (in fact, most) health organizations, such as the Canadian Pediatric Society, now come equipped with concussion-related resources and tools. Not to mention various sport associations now also offer resources for concussion education and prevention – for example, Hockey Canada offers a free, downloadable app for concussion awareness.
We know there is a lot of information out there, and a lot of resources for concussion information. That’s why we’ve decided to help you get to know what some of the more prominent concussion-related organizations in Canada are all about.
Of course, concussion science is a relatively burgeoning science, and it’s important to take everything you see and read on the internet with a grain of salt – always consult a healthcare professional immediately if you or a loved one has received a concussion, and beware of self-diagnosis. That said – here are the websites for some of the most prominent concussion resources in Canada.
Prominent Canadian Concussion-Related Organizations
The Canadian Concussion Collaborative is an umbrella organization that inducts other concussion-related organizations as members in order to ensure cohesive education and implementation of best practices amongst them. Members include Parachute Canada, the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the Canadian Pediatric Society and more.
What we love about the Canadian Concussion Collaborative is their aim to develop standards for concussion organizations across Canada and the plethora of resources they provide on the topic.
Parachute is, in their own words, “a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.” They don’t focus solely on concussions, but rather various injury topics. Their services include an online hub that they call their “Horizon”, which is an easy-to-use and informative web service that includes articles, infographics, etc. about searchable topics. It also has a search “Wizard” that lets users filter by items such as “information for parents” and “injury type.”
The best part about Parachute is their organization of events such as “Safe Kids Week” and “Brain Day” and their online concussion courses targeted at specific audiences.
The Canadian Sports Concussion Project is run by the well-known Dr. Charles Tator out of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital. “The Canadian Sports Concussion Project is the world’s first program dedicated to a four pronged approach to concussions – research, education, diagnosis and treatment… The team includes world leaders in brain injuries, imaging, genetics, clinical care and psychiatry using the repetitive concussions that occur in sports to shed light into concussions that could affect all of us.”
What we love most about this organization is the groundbreaking research on concussions that is happening right here in Canada.
As you probably know, MyoWorx is also an excellent concussion resource! Along with a wealth of information that we are happy to share, we also specialize in the treatment of concussions, alleviating symptoms and helping you to prevent future concussions.