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Concussion Resources

The 3rd edition of the Concussion KiT once again provides us with an opportunity to combine our trauma knowledge and expertise with injury prevention strategies, and apply it to the composite life of a child or teen at school, play, and at home. The key messages conveyed of this Concussion KiT are: 1) recognize symptoms early on, 2) see a doctor to confirm diagnosis, 3) follow recommendations for a period of physical, cognitive and academic activity restrictions, 4) never play injured, and 5) only return to complete activity when symptom free and do so in a gradual manner.

The prevention, recognition, and management of children and teens with a concussion is challenging and drawing the attention of many. Our KiT is therefore designed to provide important information to our target audience comprised of clinicians, teachers, educators, coaches, professional sporting associations, governing bodies, parents, patients, media and community organizations, so as to enhance their understanding, and thereby support the child or teen through their recovery.

NEW 2018 3rd edition Concussion KiT

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General information about concussions

What is a concussion?

A concussion, also known as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is a type if brain injury.

A concussion:

  • Can be caused by a blow or hit to the head, face, neck or body, or by acceleration/deceleration forces.
  • Is not usually seen on regular clinical imaging. This explains why children and teens can be symptomatic and still have a normal CT scan or skull x-ray.
  • Is the most common form of traumatic brain injury suffered by athletes, children and teens.
  • May be accompanied by a loss of consciousness.
  • May affect balance, reaction time and the way the child or teen may think and remember.
  • Can result in a variety of symptoms that can appear immediately, hours later or over the following days.
  • Means that the child or teen should be seen by a doctor to confirm diagnosis and not play 
About us

The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s innovative inter-professional Concussion Clinic has been recognized as a model for care since its development in 2007. Over the past 25 years, our Trauma Specialists have been leaders in this area, developing and implementing an innovative, comprehensive, proactive, inter-professional approach to the management of concussions in youth. The approach to care is in keeping with the most recent evidence and based on extensive clinical expertise.

In our Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Program with its Inter-professional Concussion Clinic we combine our trauma knowledge and expertise with injury prevention strategies, and apply it to the composite life of a child or teen at school, play, and at home. The team consists of Trauma Coordinators, Administrative Coordinator, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Physician Consultants, a Clinician Research Scientist, Research Assistants, and other rehabilitation and psychosocial consultants as needed for the specific patient and family. Over 900 patients are referred annually from our Emergency Department, Regional Centres, Adult Trauma Centres, and Community Physicians.

The prevention, recognition, and management of children and teens with a concussion is challenging and drawing the attention of many. Our community out-reach and knowledge sharing provides important information to clinicians, teachers, educators, coaches, professional sporting associations, governing bodies, parents, patients, media and community organizations, so as to enhance their understanding, and thereby support the child or teen. We work closely with the Emergency Department of our Trauma Centre in conveying important information about the timely management of Concussions in Youth. We are currently collaborating on several concussion related initiatives.

Where the Care Happens

The concussion clinic is located on the 3rd floor A wing of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Trauma Centre.  Room: A03.3138

Refer a patient 

A medical referral is required to access the concussion clinic at the MCH.

To make an appointment or reach the office call: 514-412-4400 x 23310

Fax: 514-412-4254

Administrative Coordinator:            Fara Bahrpeyma

Montreal Children's Hospital