Parachute - Preventing Injuries. Saving Lives.


This is a web-based tool kit on concussions, designed to create the conditions for active and safer play for hockey, football, rugby, soccer, baseball, ringette and lacrosse in Canada. Sport is an important part of our everyday lives.  The benefits are not only fun, but fitness too. However, one of the greatest threats to participating is the occurrence of preventable injuries, resulting from unsafe practices and environments.  This resource was made possible by a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help coachers, trainers, parents, athletes and health care professionals recognize and prevent serious brain injuries. Parachute gratefully acknowledges the expert contributions of Dr. Charles Tator and the Concussion Education Awareness Committee, along with the project team led by Sally Lockhart, Liz Cole and Christine Provvidenza.

The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care.  If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The collaborators have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information.  However the individuals and organizations listed on this website make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.

Unintentional injuries are the greatest threat to the health of children and youth in Canada. The fact is, 40% of head injuries in children and youth aged 10-19 years treated in emergency departments are sustained during these activities. The Concussion and Seven Team Sports Injury Landscape table describes the nature of injury, body part injured and incidence of head injuries for every one of the seven team sports.

The 3E’s Approach – Education, Enforcement and Engineering

Most injuries are preventable. Strategies that include a combination of the three E’s are the most successful and well documented in this brief report called Sport Concussion Education and Prevention.

A variety of tools can be used to help raise awareness, change attitudes and promote action in relation to injury prevention and we encourage their use.

If you are seeking information about concussion in the form of an overview you willl likely find these frequently asked questions helpful. 

Funding for this initiative is provided in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.