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Canadian Concussion Collaborative Identifies Characteristics of Good Concussion Clinics

The Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC) released today a guide to help parents and their children choose a good concussion clinic.

Signs or symptoms of a concussion can include headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, and sensitivity to light or noise. For about nine in 10 people with concussions, symptoms heal gradually after seven to 10 days, but those with continuing symptoms may need a personalized care plan.

Finding a good concussion clinic that offers management and treatment can be confusing.

4 Characteristics of a Good Concussion Clinic suggests the questions to ask a clinic to make sure you’re receiving high-quality care that is supported by current guidelines.

“The guide provides important questions to ask and outlines the best approach to concussion care and management,” says Dr. Pierre Frémont, Chair of the CCC and professor at the department of rehabilitation in sports medicine general practice at Université Laval.

The four key characteristics to keep in mind when selecting a concussion clinic are:

  1. Medical doctor: Clinics should have timely access to physicians with experience in treating concussions who can do the initial assessment, direct care and provide final medical clearance.
  2. Team of licensed health care professionals: Clinics should have access to licensed professionals from several health care disciplines. They can provide complimentary expertise and work with the medical doctor to design a personalized treatment plan.
  3. Adhere to the most up-to-date standards of care: Recommended standards of care are updated every few years by groups of experts and are shared via documents like the international Consensus statement on concussion in sport.
  4. Tools, tests and recommendations used: Clinics should perform tests recommended in the most current international Consensus statement on concussion in sport to evaluate different components such as symptoms, mental functions and balance. Pre-season baseline testing is not recommended for children and adolescents.

“Good care and treatment is essential to a positive recovery from a concussion. Being able to identify a good concussion clinic that follows best practices provided by licensed health professionals is an important first step,” said Dr. Frémont.

About the Canadian Concussion Collaborative

The mission of the CCC is to create synergy between health organizations concerned with concussions in order to improve both the education about concussions, and the implementation of best practices for their prevention and management.

The CCC is composed of members from the following organizations:

  • Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
  • Canadian Chiropractic Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Neurosurgical Society
  • Canadian Paediatric Society
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • National Emergency Nurses Association
  • Ontario Medical Association Sport & Exercise Medicine Section
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
  • Parachute
  • Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)

For more information, please visit http://casem-acmse.org/education/ccc/

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Bank Gets Behind Concussion Management Clinic

Floridian Community Bank has announced  its sponsorship of the Nova Southeastern University Concussion Management Clinic, one of the largest community-based sport concussion initiatives in the state of Florida.

The clinic provides “state-of-the-art concussion management services” to the 32 public and private high schools in the Broward County Athletic Association. Services to high school students include baseline testing, education and outreach and post-injury care. These services help to advise doctors and parents the severity of a head injury, treatment needed and when the student athlete can get return to the field/court.

“We’re very happy to be working with the team at Nova Southeastern on a cause that many of us at the bank feel so strongly about,” said Bank President Lee Frankhouser. “We’ve all learned in the past few years how critically important concussion testing and treatment is, and we feel it’s a necessity to support for South Florida’s high school athletes.”

 

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Carolina Panthers Host First Heads Up Football Moms Clinic

The Panthers hosted their first Heads Up Football Moms Clinic in partnership with USA Football last week. Nearly 100 local moms attended the clinic at Bank of America Stadium.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera welcomed the moms, who spent an interactive evening learning about the importance of the Heads Up Football initiative.panthers

Carolina Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion led an information session on how to properly manage heat and hydration for youth players, as well as concussion recognition and response.  USA Football master trainer Ez Smith demonstrated proper fitting for helmet and shoulder pads.

“We hope all of these moms can now go back to their community and advocate to make sure their coaches are Heads Up Football certified,” said Smith.

Stephanie Rivera, wife of Coach Rivera and former a WNBA coach, was an active contributor throughout the clinic, participating in an informative panel discussion and leading moms through a series of football drills with current Panthers players.

“We want to help moms make decisions about their kids’ sports participation with confidence—this includes understanding good coaching, proper techniques and player safety,” said Rivera.

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