Concussion Information and Protocols
Vancouver Minor Lacrosse Association is dedicated to the safety of our current and
future athletes. For this reason, we have teamed up with Complete
Concussion Management (CCMI), a national research and
concussion care organization who shares the same goal. By providing
training on the most current, research-based, best practices within
concussion to local health care providers, as well as our coaches &
training staff, this partnership brings the concussion issue under
control and allows kids to continue enjoying the sport they love while
also ensuring their safety. Through CCMI, Football PEI is not only
providing evidence-based concussion care for our members, but also
helping to further concussion research for the rest of the world and the
future health of our athletes.
Please watch the video and read the information below to learn more:
What is a concussion?
What is baseline testing?
Baseline testing is a term used to describe a series of physical and
cognitive tests designed to provide a pre-injury overview of an
individual’s healthy brain function. The purpose of these tests is to
provide clinicians with an objective benchmark on which to compare
should an athlete sustain a concussion. As the symptoms of concussion
will often dissipate days to weeks before the brain has recovered,
having objective baseline information provides clinicians with valuable
information that can help to make safer return to play decisions.
It’s important to note that baseline testing MUST include multiple
different tests in order to test various areas of the brain. Baseline tests
consisting of only 1-2 assessments or only online testing have been
shown to be insufficient and can put athletes at risk to be returned to
sport too soon.
What are the risks associated with concussion?
Research has established that the IMPROPER management of
concussion, or more specifically, receiving a second concussion prior to
full recovery of the first, can lead to long-term brain damage, severe
brain injury and potentially even death.
The good news is that having one concussion has not yet been shown
to produce any serious long-term effects across numerous studies.
Multiple studies have also demonstrated that when a second
concussion happens after the brain has fully recovered, there is little to
no additive or cumulative effect.
Therefore the concern surrounding concussion is significantly
reduced provided these injuries are managed appropriately and
ensuring full BRAIN recovery (NOT symptom recovery), prior to
returning to sport!
Is there treatment for concussions?
Rest is important in the first few days following a concussion, however
recent evidence demonstrates that prolonged rest can actually
increase your chance of developing lingering symptoms. Although,
there have been no studies that have shown the effectiveness of any
medications for concussion, research has established that
rehabilitation for your vision, balance system, cardiovascular system,
and treatment on the neck may be more effective in reducing
symptoms and significantly improving recovery time following
concussion. For the best outcomes, ensure you are working with a
health-care provider who is trained and experienced in the treatment
and management of concussions.
Coach/Trainer Concussion Sideline Course:
(Insert Concussion Tracker pic on left side)
The research shows that more than 50% of concussions are not picked
up on the sidelines. To minimize this, we now require all of our
coaches and trainers to complete the CCMI Concussion Sideline
Course. (link to:
coaches-trainers-school-teachers/) This online course is designed
to equip those on the sidelines with a basic understanding of what a
concussion is, and how to recognize, properly assess, and report these
injuries. It also provides insight on how to safely manage a recovering
athlete back into the classroom and sporting environment.
Completion of this course provides our coaches and trainers with
access to the Concussion Tracker (link to:
services/concussion-tracker/) smartphone application, which
enables them to assess and report suspected concussions directly to
certified concussion clinics, as well as track the recovery status of
injured athletes, all from their smartphones! This allows all of us to be
on the same page when it comes to concussion safety and return-to-
Who is Compete Concussion Management?
Concussion is a topic that is not widely covered in current medical and
allied health educational curriculums. This has led to difficulty in
patients finding quality concussion care that is consistent with the
most up-to-date medical literature. To fill this void, Complete
Concussion Management (CCMI) has developed a national network
of health-care providers with advanced training on the most current,
evidence-based, best practices for concussion injuries. Baseline tests
and concussion treatment within partnered CCMI clinics are recorded
electronically on a national concussion health record system. With your
first visit you will receive the new CCMI Concussion Health Card that
gives you access to your concussion e-file and access to standardized
care throughout the country. This information will also be used for
research purposes to further global understanding on the proper
management and rehabilitation of concussion.
We require all of our athlete’s playing in Atom and up to participate in
the CCMI program for baseline testing and treatment of suspected
concussions. We also strongly encourage those athletes younger to
take advantage of this opportunity. To locate your closest clinic,
please visit: www.completeconcussions.com/find-a-clinic
To view the Organization Name Concussion Policy, developed in
partnership with CCMI, please click below:
Concussion FAQs and Myths
Do helmets and mouth guards prevent concussions?
- Unfortunately, there is no research to support ANY protective
equipment available to reduce the risk or prevent concussions from
Do you need to lose consciousness to receive a concussion?
- No, 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness.
Can an MRI or other scans diagnose or determine recovery of a
- No. These scans look for structural damage in the brain. However, a
concussion results in an energy deficit rather than structural damage.
Can you return to sport when you no longer have symptoms?
- No. Symptoms typically resolve in 7 – 10 days, however the
metabolic recovery (the actual recovery of the brain) of a concussion
can take much longer.
Follow Complete Concussion Management on Facebook (link to:
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the latest news and information on concussion safety!