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Concussion Care

Crescent School is at the forefront of concussion management. Crescent is collaborating with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s concussion centre, a world leader in youth concussion. Together, we are improving concussion awareness and education, and designing concussion care protocols that ensure the safety of all students at Crescent. In the event of a concussion, our goal is to help our boys get back to doing the things they need, want and love to do.
Concussions are one of the most common injuries among children and youth. If not managed early and effectively, they can result in significant physical, mental, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The Ontario government now requires schools to develop stronger concussion policies and protocols given the critical role a child’s school plays in managing a concussion.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that can affect how your brain works. Concussions may happen because of a hit to the head, face, neck or somewhere else on the body. They can happen anywhere, not just in sports. When a hit takes place, the brain moves back and forth inside the skull. If it moves hard enough, the brain can become injured. This can make your brain and body work and feel differently.

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

Everyone’s concussion experience is different and not everyone reacts the same way. You can experience different signs and symptoms after having a concussion and you only need a single symptom to treat a suspected concussion. It is important to note that symptoms make take up to 24-48 hours to appear. The graphic below identifies some of the common and less commonly known signs of concussion.

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

Some people recover from concussion quickly, while the road to recovery is longer for others. It’s hard to predict how long a concussion will last but there are certain steps that can speed recovery.
There are a few rules to follow on the path to concussion recovery:
 
  1. Return to school/daily life must ALWAYS precede a return to sports.
  2. Return to daily life should be gradual and step-by-step; do not rush!
  3. Listen to your body; your symptoms will tell you when to progress.
It is critical that a child not return to risky physical activity or sport if they are experiencing any concussion symptoms.

Holland Bloorview’s Concussion & You Handbook is designed to help with youth concussion management and recovery. Whether you’re a kid or teenager who recently suffered a concussion, or a parent of someone dealing with concussion, the management techniques laid out in this concussion handbook can help to speed up the path to recovery. You may download the Concussion & You Handbook for Parents and Kids here.
Additional Resources:

Return to play guidelines. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution. Source: Parachute Canada

Return to school guidelines. Source: CanChild, McMaster University

Activity suggestions during concussion recovery. These activities are some ideas to consider during concussion recovery. Source: CanChild, McMaster University

Complete guidelines for diagnosing and managing pediatric concussion. Recommendations for parents and/or caregivers. Source: Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation & Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

To learn more about the education, research and clinical services offered at the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre, visit hollandbloorview.ca/concussion.

Media Coverage:

Head First: Concussion Education Event Video (October 5, 2016): Watch the full Head First presentation by Dr. Nick Reed, clinician scientist and co-director of the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre, hosted at Crescent School

News Release (October 13, 2016): School and hospital launch groundbreaking collaboration to raise awareness of and improve care for youth concussion

Toronto Star (October 13, 2016): Holland Bloorview partners with school to study concussions

CityTV News (October 13, 2016): Toronto schools working to keep concussions in check

CTV News (October 13, 2016): Crescent School teams up with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital