CONCUSSION EDUCATION & RESOURCES
Evidence-Based Resources for Acute Concussion Recovery
SUNNYBROOK CONCUSSION RESOURCES
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has compiled an extensive list of resources and educational information to assist individuals in the acute phase following their concussion (i.e., within the first few days after an injury). Information is grouped into three parts: 1) Concussions & Getting Better, 2) Concussion: A Toolkit for Recovery, and 3) My Personal Recovery Plan. Click on the button below to be redirected to this resource.
ONTARIO NEUROTRAUMA FOUNDATION (ONF) CONCUSSION RESOURCES
The ONF is another leading source for evidence-based information that pertains to assisting individuals in the acute phase following a concussion. Click on the button below to be redirected to to this resource.
Post-traumatic headaches are one of the most common symptoms that individuals experience following a concussion. With time, the frequency, intensity and duration of headaches should subside. The ONF has compiled a list of several non-pharmacological strategies that may be helpful if you are currently experiencing post-traumatic headaches.
Fatigue is another common symptom that an individual may experience following a concussion. With time, symptoms of fatigue (i.e., lack of motivation, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness) should subside. The ONF has compiled an information sheet that includes education and management strategies that may be helpful if you experiencing persisting fatigue.
Getting a good night's rest is very important for maintaining our global health (physical, mental, emotional, etc.). In the acute phase following a concussion (i.e., in the first few days after an injury) you may notice some changes to your sleeping habits and behaviours. You may be feeling more tired during the day than usual, you may also have trouble falling asleep at night, or you may find that you are sleeping too much. Regardless of the issue you are experieining, practicing good sleep hygiene will help to get you back on track. Click on the button below to view a sleep hygiene tips sheet.
YOUTH: RETURN TO LEARN & RETURN TO SPORT STRATEGIES
Parachute Canada is at the forefront of disseminating information pertaining to concussion management practices. Their panel of experts and evidence-based approach to formulating guidelines and strategies makes them a highly reputable source for information. The following document contains information for parents and youth regarding the Return To Learn and Return To Sport strategies that are recommended in the acute phase following a concussion. Please note that Parachute advocates for complete Return To Learn prior to allowing for Return To Sport. Click on the button below to view these resource sheets.
POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS: RETURN TO LEARN STRATEGY
The ONF has compiled several recommendations for post-secondary students whom are reintegrating themselves back into a learning environment following a concussion. Accommodations to the learning environment, course material, assignments and exams may be necessary to ensure successful reintegration. Click on the button below to view these resource sheets.
ADULTS: RETURN TO WORK STRATEGY
Similar to youth, adults must consider reintegration into their workplace environment following a concussion. Work load, work hours, task type and duration will all need to be considered when reintegrating yourself back into your occupation. Being honest with yourself and your employer about your recovery progress is key to successful workplace reintegration. Click on the button below to view these resource sheets.