Concussion Prevention

Brain injuries, including concussions, do not only affect professional athletes. Children and youth involved in sport are more likely to suffer head injuries than any other group. More than 40 per cent of head injuries in children and youth aged 10-19 years treated in emergency departments are sustained during recreation and sport activities.

The Active & Safe program provides resources to reduce the incidence and severity of a concussion, while creating the conditions for active and safer play throughout the Canadian sport system. The project targets coaches, trainers, educators, health professionals, community leaders, parents and athletes. 

Active and Safe is a collaboration among:

Hockey Canada

Parachute Canada

Coaching Association of Canada

Funding was made possible through a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Melia's Take: Preventing Concussion

I'm Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. I’m also a parent, coach, sports fan and player. This blog is written from all those perspectives…

Health vs. Wealth: Are Concussions the new Tobacco?

January 30, 2014A hockey player huddles on the ice after a hard hit

Many years ago, the tobacco industry was confronted with the mounting medical evidence of the harm their products were causing to their customers. Faced with the evidence, the industry had two choices: stop producing a product that was killing millions every year or continue to sell their products...Read more

Brain Injuries – the hidden damage

December 4, 2012A bodycheck along the boards

Twenty years from now, probably less, we will look back on brain injuries in sport and wonder how we could have allowed this kind of harm come to our kids. Today though, we are content to refer to brain injuries as “getting your bell rung” or “seeing stars” or some other euphemism which...Read more

Heads in the Sand

March 15, 2011Hockey sticks and a puck

Looks like the issue of head shots in hockey is getting some traction, even among the NHL top brass who it appears may be taking their heads out of the sand. A five-point plan from the NHL is under development to address the problem of hits to the head. I’m not sure, however, what’s wrong with...Read more

See Also...

Canadian Concussion Collaborative

The mission of the Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC) is to create synergy between health organizations concerned with concussions to improve education about concussions, and the implementation of best practices for the prevention and management of concussions.

Recommendations for policy development regarding sport-related concussion prevention and management in Canada

The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, made up of nine organizations including the CCES, collaborated on this paper, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in September 2014.

Guidelines for Pediatric Concussion

Guidelines for providing the best care to children / adolescents who have sustained a concussion (Ontario Neurotrama Foundation)