Have you been tasked with developing a concussion policy for your organization? You may have found very little information to help guide this process and if you are not a neuroscientist the idea can be daunting.
We have added a new resource to the Resources Page with a concussion policy development reference document prepared by the CDC. It is an American document with reference to some stages of regional legislation that we have not seen in Canada (yet) but the policy development content, particularly for community sport organizations, is excellent.
Here are some highlights:
Click here to see the document
Play Safe Initiative is delighted to announce the Ontario Lacrosse Association is now part of the PSI Stewardship Group.
Since 1897, the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) has been recognized as the administrative governing body of all levels (youth, junior and senior) and disciplines (box, field and inter-lacrosse) of lacrosse in the province. Over time, the OLA has introduced and delivered programs and services to assist in the promotion and development of the sport provincially.
The mission of the OLA is to govern, improve, foster, and perpetuate the sport of lacrosse in Ontario. We are the umbrella organization for all lacrosse organizations in the province and direct the development of technical programs, supervision of competitions and provincial championships.
For more on OLA: www.ontariolacrosse.com
Play Safe Initiative is pleased to welcome Thionetic Nutrition to the Stewardship group of organizations who share an interest in healthy and safe for sport and recreation participants.
Thionetic Nutrition’s mission is to help athletes implement better nutritional practices that will reduce their susceptibility to injury and illness so they can enjoy the highest level of athletic performance and optimal health and vitality, now and in the future.
For more information about Thionetic Nutrition please visit: http://thioneticnutrition.com/
Play Safe Initiative is pleased to collaborate with the Concussion Research Centre on an exciting study aimed at learning more about concussion in young athletes. The study is presently recruiting athletes and we hope you can share this information with your networks in the Greater Toronto Area.
More about the study:
A concussion, also known as mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI for short), is a common form of head and brain injury, and can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body (for example, a car crash, fall or sport injury). This hit to the head causes a change in brain function, which results in a variety of symptoms. To learn more about concussions, visit Think First Canada at www.thinkfirst.ca or the BrainFit Lab at www.brainfitlab.com .
To help youth athletes with concussion, we are looking to determine how the youth brain and body recover after a concussion and if there are improved ways that we can measure if young people are ready to return to activity (sport, school etc.) Through this research, we hope to change the way we manage concussion in youth athletes and to improve the lives of children across the world.
We want to learn more about recovery from sports-related concussion in children and youth. Specifically, we want to know how youth athletes feel after a concussion. Things like headaches, feeling sick to their stomach or feeling more tired than normal. We want to know if these feelings affect performance on brain and body fitness tests. This information can help create return-to-activity (school, sport etc.) guidelines specific to youth athletes.
We also want to learn more about a new approach using heart rate as a way of knowing if the brain is ready to take on more activity after a concussion. We will compare this new approach to other approaches more commonly used in the past (balance, thinking, strength, brain scanning/imaging). We hope that this new approach will let us know if young athletes like you are ready to return to activity after a concussion.
If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Michelle Keightley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Nick Reed (email@example.com).
We have just packed up the last of the tablets heading to Windsor, Ontario, tomorrow morning for the 2013 International Children's Games. PSI will be on-site to deploy the Play Safe Injury and Illness Tracker at the International Children's Games. A total of 13 venues will be tracking injury and illness simultaneously throughout the event. Data will be immediately available for key organizers to make informed decisions about resource deployment and trending concerns. For more information: click here
PSI is pleased to include the University of Prince Edward Island as a member of the PSI Stewardship Group. Dr. William Montelpare has been part of the PSI team since the beginning. He was originally at Leeds University in the UK and now is located at UPEI in the role of Professor & Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health Applied Human Sciences. We look forward to building innovative approaches to capturing injury data with Dr. Montelpare and his team at UPEI!
For more information, please click here: http://ahs.upei.ca/faculty/profile/william-j-montelpare
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 know that there is a health crisis looming in Canada for our current generations of children and youth. Physical inactivity and other lifestyle factors have created a situation where our children may be the first generation in decades to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. In the face of this grim fact, developing physical literacy has emerged as a key tactic to promoting physical activity among children and youth, and thereafter through their adult lifespan.
But there’s still another practical bottom line to physical literacy when it comes to health and wellness: injury reduction and prevention.
In Canada, we know that injuries sustained in sport and physical activity produce both short-term and long-term personal, social and economic costs. Consider these facts:
- A 2009 report found that being struck by sports equipment cost the Canadian health care system approximately $188 million in direct and indirect costs.[i] It accounted for 1,223 hospitalizations, 66,037 hospital visits, 607 permanent partial disabilities and 48 total permanent disabilities.[ii]
- Sport and physical activity account for 30% of hospital admissions for children 5-9 and 68% of children 10-14 years of age.[iii]
And these numbers only offer a small snapshot of the total cost to individuals and health institutions. The reports exclusively identify hospital reported injuries and do not account for all sport and physical activity-related injuries, many of which go unreported.
As leaders in sport, education and physical activity for children and youth, we have a responsibility to reduce injury risk, to provide safe environments, and to develop competent, resilient youth participants.
We can achieve these goals by following the Three E’s model of injury risk reduction. These include Education (such as physical literacy), Engineering (of physical environments, equipment and programming), and Enforcement of safe practices (such as following the rules and safety regulations).
In line with this model, physical literacy falls into the realm of Education.
Physical literacy helps to reduce injuries because it improves body mechanics and increases awareness of the activity environment. For example, children may learn to run by playing outside with their friends, but there is no guarantee that they will learn how to run correctly without proper physical literacy training. They may run inefficiently, or in a manner that otherwise increases their risk for knee or ankle injury. The same could be said for many other fundamental movements such as jumping and throwing.
As well, children and youth with poor physical literacy are likely to be less aware of their environment during activity. This means they are more likely to be struck by sports equipment or otherwise stray into potentially dangerous situations.
All of us have an important role to play in reducing risk of injury to children and youth during activity, and physical literacy is an essential pillar. Learn more about resources and tools for developing physical literacy and reducing injury by visiting the Canadian Sport for Life physical literacy website www.physicalliteracy.ca/PL-IP
About the Project:
The Play Safe Initiative (PSI) is working with a number of partners, led by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), on a Public Health Agency of Canada grant to promote injury prevention through physical literacy. PSI contributed to this project by developing communication strategies, messages, providing injury prevention expertise and by sharing information about physical literacy and the effect on injuries.
[i] SMARTRISK. (2009). The Economic Burden of Injury in Canada. SMARTRISK: Toronto, ON.
[iii] Public Health Agency of Canada (2011). Factsheet: Investing in child and youth injury prevention in sports and recreation. Retrieved from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/media/nr-rp/2011/2011_0316a-eng.php on Thursday April 12.
We are pleased to announce the LifeSaving Society has joined the PSI Stewardship Group. The Lifesaving Society - Canada's lifeguarding expert - is a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. They prevent drowning and water-related injury through our training programs, Water Smart® public education, aquatic safety management services, drowning research and lifesaving sport.
For more information please visit: www.lifesavingsociety.com
We are delighted to welcome The Sandbox Project to the PSI Stewardship Group. The Sandbox Project's vision is to: "help make Canada the healthiest place on earth for children and youth to grow up. Our ambitious but achievable goal is to make measurable progress against international health indicators within the next five years. In particular, we are focused on improving health outcomes with respect to injury prevention, obesity, mental health, and the environment."
For more information on the Sandbox Project, please visit www.sandboxproject.ca