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New ‘living guidelines’ for pediatric concussions will help all over the world

A new ‘living guideline’ for diagnosing and managing pediatric concussions has been released through the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.

A team of 50 pediatric concussion experts from across North America helped create the living guideline. The panel of experts was headed up by Dr. Nick Reed (Associate Professor, University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) and Dr. Roger Zemek (Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute and Professor, University of Ottawa).

“All literature published in scientific journals on pediatric concussion starting from January 2013 was reviewed,” said Reed. “Over 2,000 articles were found – and, following review, a total of 338 research articles were used to inform the guideline development.”

The purpose of the guidelines is to provide healthcare professionals with immediate and accurate information on pediatric concussions. “This includes physicians in emergency departments or clinics in rural or urban areas diagnosing a concussion, to rehabilitation professionals supporting prolonged symptoms and recoveries – and everywhere in between,” Reed said.

These guidelines also offer something more: consistency. With the living guideline for diagnosing and managing pediatric concussions, doctors across Canada – and around the world – will have access to the same information.

“This guideline is the only one of its kind and can support concussion care for children and adolescents in all areas of the world. This guideline was made for international impact,” said Reed.

This living guideline isn’t just for healthcare professionals. “Many of the recommendations and information included can be very useful… in supporting a child after a concussion – like parents, teachers and coaches,” Reed said.

The panel used focus groups to find out what information would help parents and teachers the most. This helped create separate resources that will help a child, “return to the things they need, want, and love to do,” said Reed.

The benefit of making a living guideline is that it will always be new. “It will never be out of date,” said Reed. “We can now review the newest pediatric concussion research on a monthly basis and engage our incredible team across North America to update the guideline as needed.”

“There is incredible work going on in pediatric concussion, both research and clinical programming – we were very fortunate to have the majority of the individuals doing this great work as part of the team,” said Reed.

This new guideline replaces the one put out in 2014, also by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. “The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation has championed the development of evidence-based guidelines to promote best clinical care across severities of brain injury – this support has included the care of children and youth with concussion, and allowed us to create this guideline,” said Reed.

You can check out the full Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion here:

Making the electoral process more accessible

Canada’s Federal Election is taking place on October 21, 2019. To make sure that everyone has the information and the opportunity to vote, Brain Injury Canada has partnered with Elections Canada to help those living with brain injury with the voting process.

Michelle McDonald from Brain Injury Canada and Juan Melara-Pineda from Elections Canada collaborated on a presentation recording to share all the info related to the campaign and voting process. The presentation covers:

  • Info about both Brain Injury Canada and Elections Canada
  • A review of the electoral process
  • Reasons why you should vote
  • Some of the challenges and barriers faced by those living with a brain injury in the electoral process based on real feedback from people across Canada
  • The campaign process, including finding and communicating with the candidates in your riding
  • It’s Our Vote – a presentation from Elections Canada
  • Voting – step by step instructions, and what you can expect at the polls on election day

The reason we have done a recorded presentation, is that we know this is a lot of information and it can be overwhelming.

  • Please take your time
  • Pause the recording when you need to
  • Take notes
  • Send us questions – [email protected]

Watch and listen to the video presentation here:

Thank You for Voting

We’ve Partnered with MedicAlert

Due to the invisible nature of an acquired brain injury (ABI), symptoms such as slowness to act, lack of impulse control, failure to respond to directions or communication challenges are often behavior that is misinterpreted as defiance

Brain Injury Canada has partnered with MedicAlert to bring support and visibility to individuals living with an ABI.With MedicAlert protection, there’s an effective way to more easily identify brain injury survivors and ensure that they receive an appropriate response and support and raise awareness about brain injury throughout the police services, emergency response and criminal justice system.

MedicAlert is the largest membership-based charity in Canada and the leading provider of emergency medical information services. The partnership will support Brain Injury Canada’s mission to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families/caregivers living with brain injury.For more information, visit

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Brain Injury Canada would like to extend our sincere appreciate for the continued support of the McColl-Early Foundation
and Dr. Dan Andreae, Patron of Brain Injury Canada

Download our NEW return to work guidebook

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month – what a perfect time to share our NEW return to work guidebook.

Our return to work guidebook is supplemented with a range of resources including tip sheets, developing SMART goals, initiating conversations with your employer and also includes key lessons learned from others who have been through the return to work process.

We’d like to thank the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada for their generous sponsorship which helped make this work book possible.


The 2020 National Brain Injury Conference in Ottawa

Our National Brain Injury Conference is in Ottawa, Thursday April 30 & Friday May 1, 2020.

Interested in speaking? Send us your abstracts! The closing date for submissions is November 8, 2019. 

Please visit for abstract requirements and submission details


Online course helps educators manage concussions

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) has released an updated course for school professionals.

The purpose of the course is to help teachers, administrators, and other education professionals recognize and support students returning to learn with a concussion.

The world of concussion diagnosis and treatment is always changing, which is why this course, and other courses offered by CATT are closely monitored and updated when needed.

This course is a valuable tool for teachers and educators as the school year progresses through fall and more and more kids start up sports like hockey and football.

To register for the school professionals course free of charge, visit

If you’re not school professional, but are interested in learning more about concussion management, CATT offers other online courses for coaches, parents, medical professionals, and workplaces.

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