Though they often start as just a simple knock on the head, what happens next with concussions can be much more complicated. The symptoms of a concussion can be tough to recognize, for kids in particular.
Hopefully the resources below can help you take care of that awesome brain of yours and to help those you look after all the other heads you care about too. And don’t keep it to yourself, please share our stuff with your team, your coach, your friends, your mom . . . anyone!
The Best of the Rest
|A Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) for people over 13
||This is a tool for medical-professionals but it covers lots of important information that family members often want to know.
||Even though this is meant to be used by doc's, there's lots of good stuff here for anyone who is interested in learning about concussions. It list symptoms, red-flags and goes through the variables the doctor will consider when making an assessment. There's also a handy pocket-guide which summarizes the basics.|
|Concussion Recognition and Response App for Coach & Parents
||This PAR, Inc app was created to help coaches and parents recognize the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion
||A great app which asks all the important, evidence-based questions to help you recognize and respond to a concussion right away - on the sidelines, in the gym, anywhere you carry your smart-phone.|
|Heads Up to Parents
||This site from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has resources to help parents of children and teens recognize and deal with concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
||Lots to like here. Stuff for parents, for schools, for clinician types. It's not just things to read either - there's videos, podcasts and even apps you can download to learn about helmet safety.|
|Post concussion home/school instructions
||A handout from the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCOR E) Program in Maryland.
||This resource answers a lot of frequently asked questions and is a great tool for families. It's a useful summary of what to do, and what not to do post-concussion so that kids can get back to school and physical activity.|
|Sport Concussion Assessment Tool for children ages 5 to12 years (Child-SCAT3)
||A version of the SCAT3 made specifically for those under 13 years.
||Same reasons we think the SCAT3 for the those 13 and up is great. |
|What is Cognitive Rest?
||This article from the Children's National Medical Centre in Maryland explains what the phrase "Cognitive Rest" means and why it's such an important part of concussion recovery.
||This commentary is aimed at health professionals but has important and useful information for students and families. It's key message: "physical rest alone fails to address another key aspect of brain function in youth—mental exertion associated with school activities".|
|10 Things You Didn't Know About Concussions
||In this video from the University Health Network in Toronto asks some city folk how much they know about concussions.
||Great mix of perspectives here. There are a bunch of people who happen to be walking by, and two different kinds of experts - a neurosurgeon and a former CFL player.|
|Heads Up to Parents Videos
||"Watch the pros tell their stories, the experts give their insights, and families, both teens and their parents, discuss how concussion has changed their lives. Also learn about brain injury basics and helmet safety."
||These videos from are worth checking out. Love that you can hear personal accounts of what it's like to have a head injury or to be a parent of someone with a head injury. There's also a couple doc's adding their two-cents. |
|Sport Concussion Library
||"The Library is a non-profit, no-fee, publically accessible storehouse for all non-commercial peer reviewed literature on sport concussion"
||Great evidence-based resources for all different audiences including parents, athletes, coaches and doctor-types. There's also a zombie video.|
|Brain Streams Connect
||Brainstreams.ca is the official website of The British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA)
||Check out the "Connect" section of the site to hear stories from some experts: people who have experienced brain injury and their caregivers. You can also connect directly with others by following the links to the different social media communities listed on the page. |
|Heads Up - Brain Injury Awareness Facebook Page
||Official Heads Up to Brain Injury Awareness Facebook page from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
||Since this is an official CDC-run page it is well moderated and kept up to date. Great place to get quality concussion-related info, make comments, ask questions, and read what other patients and families have to say.|