Concussions

AWARENESS

​Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Our organization is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required ensuring the safety of your athletes. We can all work together to ensure a safe sport environment.

Pre-Season Concussion Education - 
Concussion prevention, recognition and management requires athletes to follow the rules and regulations of their sport, respect their opponents, avoid head contact, and report suspected concussions.

Concussion Recognition Tool - Recognize and Remove
Head impacts can be associated with serious and potentially fatal brain injuries. The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 is to be used for the identification of suspected concussion. It is not designed to diagnose concussion.

Medical Assessment Tool
This document can be used by the athlete's Physician or Nurse Practitioner

Return to Play Protocol
​A CONCUSSION is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution.

 

 

Sport Manitoba Resources

Sport Manitoba is committed to increasing education and awareness that will assist in gaining the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of athletes. Sport Manitoba is working with Provincial Sport Organizations to establish protocols and consistent information. We all need to work together to ensure a safe sport environment.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Any blow to the head, face, neck, or a blow to the body that jars the head, could cause a concussion.

 

Concussion Education Sheet

What is a concussion, what causes a concussion, what are the signs of symptoms, what should I do if I suspect a concussion and how long will recovery take...all these questions and more are answered in our Pre-Season Handout.  Please read and share this Concussion Education Sheet.

 

Concussion Baseline Testing Recommendations

This document can be used as a guide for concussion baseline testing among young athletes (18 and under) in Manitoba. Relevant to athletes, parents, coaches, trainers and other sport stakeholders. Download and save the Sport Manitoba Baseline Testing Document

 

Medical Assessment Letter

This document can be used by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner to confirm an athlete's concussion diagnosis. Please have this document available to take to medical appointments. Download and save the Medical Assessment Letter.

 

Return to Play Guidelines

A concussion is a serious event, but you can fully recover from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a stepwise process that requires patience, attention, and caution. Please download and save our Return to Play Guidelines

 

Medical Clearance Letter

Athletes who are diagnosed with a concussion should be managed according to the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport including the Return-to-School and Return-to-Sport Strategies. No athlete that has been diagnosed and is being treated for a concussion can be “returned to play” without presenting this Medical Clearance Letter.

 
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Water Polo Concussion
Education and Tools 


Making Headway in Sport - Coach and Leader Education ​

What's your concussion IQ?

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it is important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to educate themselves on the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Start by taking this short quiz to test your concussion knowledge. Hopefully the information you take away from it will help you better respond to, or even prevent, a concussion.