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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a "mild" injury to the brain that temporarily alters the way your brain functions. Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are shaken. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not.

The resources and links in this section have been gathered from several  sources to provide information about concussions. This includes information on how to avoid getting a concussion; identifying concussions when they occur; and managing and treating them properly. 

The resources are intended to provide general information on concussions, and should be used for informational purposes only. The information is not meant as an alternative to medical advice. Always consult a physician if you suspect you (or someone you know) have a concussion. 


General Information

Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC)

Things to Know about Concussions - Parachute Canada

Recovering from a Concussion/Mild Brain Injury - Dr. Terry Levitt

Quick Facts about Concussion - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Concussion Awareness Training Tool - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Sports Concussion Library

CONCUSSION AT PLAY: Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


ABI Partnership Project: Concussion Pamphlet


Information for Parents

A Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Concussions - Parachute Canada

Caring for Kids - Canadian Paediatric Society

HEADS UP to Parents – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  


Information for Educators

Concussion Guidelines for Teachers - Parachute Canada

Return to Learn Communication Tool - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit


Information for Coaches, Officials and Athletes

Change in Consciousness - University of Saskatchewan

Hockey Canada Concussion Toolbox

Concussion Guidelines - Parachute Canada

Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan's website (see the Concussion tab)

HEADS UP to Youth Sports – CDC


Information for Health Care Providers

Consensus statement on concussion in sport: The 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport

Concussion SCAT5 and CRT5 - Parachute Canada

Guidelines for Concussion/mTBI & Persistent Symptoms: Third Edition - Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

Sport Concussion Library

HEADS UP to Health Care Providers - CDC



Acquired Brain Injury Partnership Project