Play Safe Initiative is happy to welcome the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to the Play Safe Network.
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation's (ONF’s) focus is neurotrauma – specifically the practical application of research to improve the lives of people with an acquired brain inquiry or spinal cord injury, and the prevention of neurotrauma injuries. ONF is a not-for-profit research organization that utilizes strategic research funding activity and the building of relationships with numerous partners and stakeholders to foster, gather, and apply research knowledge. ONF aims to increase the effectiveness and use of prevention, and to improve the systems of care, outcomes, and quality of life of those who have sustained a neurotrauma injury and to create and sustain improvements in practice and policy in communities across Ontario.
PSI looks forward to working with ONF on the prevention and treatment of sport and recreation brain and spinal cord injuries.
For more information on ONF: www.onf.org
This week the British Journal of Sports Medicine released the updated Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and the result of the 4th International Conference on Concussion held in November, 2012. The consensus statement and resources are intended for healthcare professionals working with athletes and participants but can be used to inform organizational policy with respect to concussion.
Key highlights for sport and recreation organizations:
- unanimous agreement same day Return to Play (RTP) should not occur
- psychological management and mental health
- modifying factors in concussion management
- special populations (children and teens, elite and non-elite)
- protective equipment (hemlets and mouthguards, rule change, risk compensation)
The release includes the updated Consensus Statement. Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Version 3 (SCAT3), Pocket Tool SCAT3 and a new SCAT3 Children specifically for children aged 5-12. These tools are useful in both a sport and recreation environment. Please share these tools and documents in their original format as they have been endorsed by international organziations.
For more resources and concussion information, please click here.
We are happy to share news of the launch earlier today of two brain injury guides . PSI, along with a number of other organizations had the opportunity to review and endorse these documents.
The "Brain Injury Guide for Youth" aims to help young people understand the effects of brain injury. "Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence" is targeted at parents, coaches, educators and those that work with youth.
These documents are not sport specific and as such can be shared in a variety of settings including sport, recreation, education and healthcare.
You can find the link to both below:
These resources are absolutely free to download from www.teenmentalhealth.org - a collaboration between IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University and Sun Life Financial. We encourage everyone to share these links on websites and with networks where at all possible.