Parachute introduces the first ever Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

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Parachute is thrilled to introduce the first ever Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.

Based on the scientific evidence from the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and developed with Parachute's Expert Advisory Concussion Subcommittee, the comprehensive Canadian Guideline aims to ensure that sport participants with suspected concussions receive timely and appropriate care, and proper management to allow them to return safely to their sport to continue training, competing, and enjoying a full, active life.

What is the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport?

Developed by Parachute and its Expert Advisory Concussion Subcommittee, the Guideline is based on a review of the current scientific evidence and expert consensus on best practices for the evaluation and management of Canadian athletes who sustain a concussion during a sport activity.

This Guideline addresses 7 key areas:

  1. Pre-season education
  2. Head injury recognition
  3. Onsite medical assessment
  4. Medical assessment
  5. Concussion management
  6. Multidisciplinary concussion care
  7. Return to sport 

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, this Guideline is an important part of the Parachute-led Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project and creates the foundation for a more consistent approach to concussion across the country.

Who is this Guideline for?

This guideline is intended for use by all stakeholders who interact with athletes inside and outside the context of school and non-school based organized sports activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals.

Download the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

The Canadian Guideline is free to download and use, and is available on the Parachute website in both official languages.

Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport
Lignes directrices canadiennes sur les commotions cérébrales dans le sport

The Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project

The development of the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport is part of the Parachute-led Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project.

For more about the project, visit Parachute

Help Spread the Word!

Help share the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport. Be sure to follow Parachute on Facebook and Twitter.


Graduate Student Research Awards

Asthma Canada is proud to announce the launch of a new National Research Program, an initiative to provide grants to young Canadian researchers involved in early-onset and late-onset asthma research. In partnership with AllerGen NCE Inc., in 2017, the Program will grant two awards to Masters level (MSc/MScN) student researchers; and two awards to PhD level student researchers. Applications are now open.

By investing in young Canadian researchers and supporting their promising research, we ensure continued efforts to search for a cure for asthma, while making real strides towards better treatment options for the three million Canadians living with asthma.

The National Research Program is an expansion of Asthma Canada’s Bastable-Potts and Enhorning Funds, which have awarded and recognized established Canadian investigators involved in asthma research since 2014. For the first time, funding will also include student researchers. 

The Asthma Canada / AllerGen Goran Enhorning Graduate Student Research Awards support research for early-onset asthma, while the Asthma Canada / AllerGen Bastable-Potts Graduate Student Research Awards support investigations into late-onset asthma. Each partnered award includes one grant of $10,000 for a Masters of Science student researcher and one grant of $20,000 for a PhD student researcher.

Asthma Canada and AllerGen invite graduate student asthma researchers to respond to the Call for Proposals and Application

For more information, contact Vanessa Foran, President & CEO of Asthma Canada. 

Canada150: Spotlight on our Collaborating Partners

Happy Canada Day! We asked our Collaborating Partners what they have in store for Canada's 150th. Read on to learn about some of the exciting child and youth-focused 150 initiatives taking place this year across the Canadian child and youth health and wellbeing sectors. 

Physical & Health Education Canada

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Ottawa, Ontario and discover how school communities across Canada are enhancing the well-being and achievement of children and youth. This biennial National event is a must attend for community leaders working in health, education, research, government and active living sectors. Connect with school health champions, and district and government leaders that have made healthy schools a priority goal in their community. Explore best practices that support the healthy development of all children.
A healthy school community increases student well-being and learning by promoting a culture of wellness for all members of the community. Students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and community partners all have a role to play in creating an environment that supports healthy choices among its members. A whole-child approach recognizes the relationship between health and learning and when students are healthy, learning outcomes are positively affected. Join Physical and Health Education Canada November 2nd and 3rd to experience a national community of practice committed to improving student achievement, health and well-being. 
Learn more 

Children First Canada

In 2017 Children First Canada will launch an exciting project to create a Canadian Children’s Charter – a vision and plan of action to improve the lives of all of Canada’s children. Several regions and municipalities in Canada have their own Children’s Charter, but no such vision exists for all of Canada’s kids. As we mark Canada’s 150th celebrations, this is a strategic moment in time to create a Children’s Charter that will benefit kids now and for generations to come. 

The Canadian Children’s Charter will be developed through a dynamic process of consultation involving students from coast to coast to coast, including engagement through focus groups, interviews, a survey and online forums. The consultation will culminate in a National Summit in Ottawa on November 22nd  to the 23rd, 2017, where children and youth will meet with leaders of children’s charities, corporations, government and the media. Together, they will create the Canadian Children’s Charter – a vision and plan of action for all of Canada’s children.  

Learn more

Variety Village

Dance-Able: July 4th in Toronto

In celebration of Variety Village and Canada’s 150th birthday, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances. Variety Village and Help by Helping are excited to announce they are hosting the first ever all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. This will be an unparalleled night of entertainment in celebration of all those within the disabled community. Dance-Able 2017 is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.

Learn more

Ability Online

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and to build support for Ability Online and its 25 year history as a charity reducing the social isolation of youth with disabilities, Ability Online is issuing its own 150 challenge. The goal is to find 150 individuals, businesses, or even schools who will each donate or raise $1000 for Ability Online. Participants can even put together a team and raise the funds as a group. All donors will be listed on Ability Online's website and social media channels. 

Learn more

YMCA Canada

The YMCA LocalMOTION Challenge is celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial by highlighting the shared history of the building of the national railway and how the YMCAs helped support the people and communities that were built around it. 

Each month different provinces or regions of the country are highlighted with facts of the Railway YMCA’s found within them, and each week challenges are released. These challenges are activities that create ways for families and friends of all ages to get together and connect with their communities by learning new skills or by trying new things.
Each Challenge posted to Twitter or Instagram gains entries into draws for two VIA Rail prizes: a monthly draw for a $1,000 VIA Rail voucher and an entry into the Grand Prize Draw of VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” trip between Toronto and Vancouver!

Contest closes July 31. Learn more

The Psychology Foundation of Canada

The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) is asking for ideas and strategies for helping Canadians stay mentally fit in support of Canada’s 150th Birthday. Using #150mentalhealthstrategies and #psychfdnCA, ideas or strategies can be tweeted or posted for a chance to win $150 worth or parental resources or a parental training session.

For full contest rules and regulations, visit the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

This Canada150 Spotlight was assembled by Tysha Campbell, Communications & Policy Intern.

Mark your calendars! National Injury Prevention Day is July 5th

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Parachute is excited to introduce National Injury Prevention Day, an important annual recognition day to help build awareness around the devastating impact of injury. Injury is the number one killer of Canadians aged 1 – 44, where one child dies every nine hours.   

Parachute is launching National Injury Prevention Day to shine a light on largely predictable and preventable injuries. Parachute wants to help Canadians live long lives to the fullest through education, knowledge and empowerment.

On July 5th, municipalities across the nation are pledging support for National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD) by lighting major landmarks in the distinctive 'Parachute green’ to honour the initiative. They include:

In addition, The City of Toronto is marking National Injury Prevention Day with an official flag raising ceremony happening at 12:30 p.m. on the Podium Roof at Toronto City Hall on July 5th.

Quick Facts:

  • Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any single disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.
  • Teen drivers die in crashes at a higher rate than any other age group in Canada.
  • 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 to 19 occur during sports.

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #NIPD. For more information, please see