The Injury Management Process before a concussion occurs, when it is suspected, and once it is diagnosed.

Designed by: Athletic Therapist Monique Charbonneau MSc RS, CAT(C), BHK, CEP

7Rs of Concussion Management Tool

Monique Charbonneau, MSc RS (Candidate),BHK,CAT(C),ACSM-CEP, BC Rugby Head Therapist, Provincial Teams & Events – Medical Director

 

BC Rugby“As BC Rugby’s Provincial Teams & Events Medical Director utilizing the Privit Profile has created solutions for medical information and risk management within BC Rugby. The simplicity of the program for both athletes and therapists makes for an easy transition to an electronic medical record. Understanding injury trends within the sport of rugby is also very important with the health and safety of BC Rugby athletes.”

 

Rugby

Concussion injury is a reality in the sport of rugby; however, under-reporting of concussion symptoms is a significant problem that impacts a player’s management and recovery.  BC Rugby Head Athletic Therapist, Monique Charbonneau is dedicated and committed to finding solutions to reduce the impact of concussion injury on and off the field of rugby, through education. Concussion symptom knowledge, awareness of the consequences of concussion, as well as the return to learn and sport guidelines are key to concussion management. However, understanding the barriers to concussion reporting is also very important within concussion education strategies.

Monique is spearheading the Concussion Management & Education program for BC Rugby by leveraging Privit Profile, where players, coaches, and parents register to complete an electronic medical profile. Monique initiated the inclusion of Concussion Assessment tools (baseline SCAT3 + Cognigram) and Education tools and materials (Symptoms, Return to Learn & Sport) for BC Rugby within Privit Profile.

Privit Profile serves as a communication platform for delivering concussion education. In addition, it provides a validation process to ensure the educational materials were completed. The reporting capabilities will allow Monique to confirm compliance and better monitor injury trends across rugby players.

Monique is the first person to implement a concussion Management and Education program of this magnitude for rugby, and she believes Rugby Canada and the other Provinces will be following suit in the near future.

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Focusing on improving the health and safety of athletes and individuals, PRIVIT® announced its support of Representatives Joyce Beatty’s and Ann Wagner’s proposed Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 3954) for developing best practices for sports-related and other concussions.

Introduced in January 2014 the bill addresses the need to establish a national system for tracking and managing incidences of sport-related concussions and the side effects on athletes and military personnel. In addition, the bill will develop information to educate the public on concussion awareness, treatment, and prevention.

“This legislation is about protecting our nation’s youth.  We can, and must, do better in coordinating research on the causes of concussive injuries and protecting the overall brain health of student athletes and military trainees. H.R. 3954 will ensure that those who suffer from brain injuries receive effective treatment and enable them to return to society and the sport or activity they love, as healthy and productive as possible,” stated Congresswoman Beatty.

“With the number of sport related concussions and the long-term side effects impacting athletes and military personnel, we need to make an effort to change the ‘culture of resistance’ surrounding concussions,” stated Congressman Steve Stivers.

According to a 2013 report issued by The National Academies, entitled, “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, Improving the Science, Changing the Culture,” each year in the United States there are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related brain and concussive injuries. Studies have shown, during the recovery period, high school athletes exhibited memory impairment up to 21 days post-concussion (Field et al. 2003; McClincy et al. 2006; Covassin et al. 2010) while collegiate athletes demonstrated memory impairment up to 5 days post-concussion (Macciocchi et al. 1996; Field et al. 2003).

“As of January 2014, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, have adopted return to play legislation for concussed athletes participating in youth sports. We are proud to support Congresswoman Beatty and Congressman Stivers on H.R. 3954 for developing best practices for concussions, regardless of which state you play,” said Jeff Sopp, CEO of PRIVIT®.

Click to read: Protecting Kids

Everhart-Sullivan, Michelle. (2014, August 13). Protecting Kids. The Columbus Dispatch, The Daily Briefing.