Sports-related Concussion: When medicine and sport meet head on
Hockey player

A concussion occurs when an impact to the head or body causes a sudden rotation or jerking of the head, damaging the brain.1 This can lead to more severe brain injury where the long nerve fibres at the base of the brain are stretched.2,3

An estimated 30,000 Canadians a year experience a concussion. In other words, each year roughly 1 in 5 athletes involved in contact sports may suffer a concussion.4 A 2012 study of Canadian hockey players aged 16 – 21 years5 found that 25.3% of players sustained at least one concussion in a single season— that’s seven times higher than previously reported.5

This course will review sports-related concussion, including symptoms and current guidelines on managing them and returning to play. Case studies will be used to help you understand the range of concussions that exist (including Second Impact Syndrome), and potential long-term effects.