The brain is the most important part of our bodies. Our ability to move, to talk, our thoughts, our emotions, and our decisions, allow us to live meaningful lives, yet, hasn’t been treated that way until recent years. In 2013, 17 year old Rowan Stringer, passed away as a result of multiple concussions sustained playing rugby. As we know today because of the research, early markers of post-concussion syndrome were apparent, but no actions were taken. This event prompted what is known today as “Rowan’s Law,” which was passed in June, 2016. Since then, a great deal of funding, research and education has gone into efforts to prevent and provide early invention to those who have sustained a trauma to the brain.
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Concussion has been a well-known mild brain injury in the sports world. However, concussion is also common at the workplace and many times is an invisible injury as most often it goes undetected. At the workplace, a fall from a ladder, or slips/trips/fall or a physical fight with another worker, or even hitting an accident where there is an impact to the neck, back or head, can lead to concussion. Therefore, it is imperative to know that concussion is not only a sport related injury but is also prevalent in the workplace.
Since concussion is an emerging issue, PSHSA is helping build awareness through a webinar and fast fact resources specific to concussion.
- The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a series of online educational modules and resources with the goal of standardizing concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Good concussion management may decrease the risk of brain damage and potentially reduce long-term health issues. This is a Concussion information package for workers and workplaces. This resources provides concussion packages for employees and organizations who want more information on concussion recognition and management
- Concussions Ontario
- Sunnybrook Concussion Resources
- University Health Network (UHN) Concussion Centre
Resources developed by the University of Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Research Lab :
- Educational Video - Animated video about concussion and brain injury in various workplace settings aims to raise awareness not only of the potential seriousness of even a mild TBI at work, but that there is the potential for such an injury to occur at all
- Educational App - Designed to provide employees and employers with information on the most common signs, symptoms, and causes of a work related (wr) TBI. The app links users to additional resources to inform identification and management of wrTBI.
- Publication: Heads-Up: What You Need to Know About Concussions in the Workplace