What is "ConcussionsOntario.org"?
As part of my role at CAPHC, I get to participate in a number of interesting projects, often to bring a national perspective, a child and youth health perspective, or sometimes both, to local, regional, or provincial projects. One such project that I have been a part of for almost two years is the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundations Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Strategy. As the parent of two young children embarking on their hockey careers, I've found it particularly enlightening.
The ONF took on the task of developing a MTBI strategy in part because of an obvious need to address the issue of MTBI and concussion, but also in part fuelled by a number of high profile concussion injuries in professional sports (ie: Sydney Crosby).
Their mandate was to develop a "systematic approach regarding appropriate diagnosis, prognosis, secondary prevention and management across the continuum of care, for all age groups, with the involvement of numerous sectors." The 'continuum of care' and 'all age groups' approach made it particularly appealing, and a good fit for our work at CAPHC.
Much of this work has culminated in the recently launched ConcussionsOntario.org , which from their website, "is the website of the Concussion/mTBI Strategy, which aims to improve the recognition, diagnosis, and management of concussion/mTBI in Ontario. The site is primarily intended for medical and non-medical professionals, researchers and those interested in advancing practice and policy in relation to concussion/mTBI."
The committees and steering group have done a great job in acknowledging the unique aspects of concussion in the child and youth population, but as always, we would love to have the feedback of the CAPHC community on this. Keep in mind this is a provincial initiative in Ontario, but please feel free to have a look at the site, and let me know if there are any critical gaps in the information as it relates to children and youth, and I would be happy to pass it along to the committee.
Also, for those that are interested, there will be an International Summit on “Concussions in School Sport: Making the Right Decisions” to be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario on December 13-14, 2012