Canada Announces National Concussion Strategy

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Canada, the country known for its hard-hitting hockey players, this week announced a national concussion strategy, which officials say will help protect the nation’s athletes from sports-related concussions.

“The purpose of this is to provide a standardized approach to concussion recognition, assessment and management, so a high-performance athlete will receive the same level of care across the country,” said Dr. Brian Benson, chief medical officer and director of sport medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and Benson Concussion Institute. 

The program aims to ensure continuity of concussion protocol across the country. The guidelines suggest all high-risk athletes complete clinical assessments under a physician’s supervision during the pre-season and before training camp to establish a baseline.

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