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Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project



With support from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and in collaboration with Sport Canada, Parachute is leading the harmonization of concussion guidelines and protocols among Canadian amateur sport organizations.

On this page you'll find information about the Project, as well as free resources below on concussion protocols for sport.

What are the goals of the Project?

Goal 1: To ensure National Sport Organizations have evidence-based concussion protocols that are harmonized with Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport, yet tailored to meet the specific needs of each sport.

Goal 2: To provide continuing education on concussion to health professionals across Canada that is credible, up-to-date, and easy to access.

What does harmonization mean?

The idea of harmonization is simple. Each organization's concussion protocol should be aligned with the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and with the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. This alignment ensures that while every concussion protocol will not be identical, each will be based on the same core principles.

Why do we need harmonized concussion protocols?

Harmonized concussion protocols will better equip coaches, officials, athletes, parents, and medical professionals with information that is consistent and based on evidence. Harmonization efforts will contribute to safer sport involvement for youth, and help them return to the classroom, physical activity, and everyday life as effectively as possible.

Where does the evidence come from?

Our most up-to-date evidence comes from the Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Berlin, Germany in October 2016.  Parachute is working closely with concussion experts from across Canada to understand the evidence and what it means for concussion prevention, recognition, and management.

Who is involved?

Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

A guideline for the prevention, recognition, assessment, and management of concussion in sport.

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Berlin Statement on Concussion in Sport

The Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport provides the most current evidence on sport concussion. There are three related tools: SCAT5 assessment tool, the Child SCAT5, and the CRT5 (Concussion Recognition Tool).

Harmonized concussion protocol template

Download the harmonized protocol template for sport organizations or for schools.