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New concussion resources now available

How a concussion occursMany important new resources on concussion are now available on Parachute's website, developed for the project, Preventing Child and Youth Concussion in Team Sports.The project's aim is to reduce the rate and severity of concussion and brain injury in child and youth team sports by reducing its incidence and improving return to play decision-making.

Through a contribution agreement with the Public Health Agency of Canada, ThinkFirst Canada, (now Parachute), partnered with the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and Hockey Canada to create useful new materials for athletes, families, coaches and officials, educators, health professionals and others.

Those who attended the 2013 Dr. Charles Tator Lectureship with keynote speaker Ken Dryden, got a first look at some of these materials. These include: the Coaching Association's new concussion resources in its National Coaching Certification Program, Aboriginal coaching modules and eLearning modules; the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport's Active and Safe Ethical Decision-Making Game, pledge and self-assessment tool; and Hockey Canada's concussion applications for smart phones, designed for kids and adults.

The Parachute products include enhancements to our current concussion programs, including ThinkFirst for Kids and Brain Day, and a new 3E's bilingual Concussion Tool Kit, addressing the issues of engineering, enforcement and education. You can find all these at the Parachute website, as well as links to our partners' materials.