SMSCS Position on Concussions
- The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan (SMSCS) recognizes that concussion in sport is a public health issue that requires a multi-sectoral approach.
- Many organizations involved in sport, including the SMSCS, are working to reduce the incidence of concussions and improve concussion outcomes for athletes and sport participants.
- The SMSCS supports the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (Consensus Statement) as the recognized international guideline for concussion management. The Consensus Statement affirms that all athletes should be managed using the same treatment and return to play paradigms. It identifies education as a mainstay to concussion management and states all athletes, administrators, referees, parents, coaches and health care professionals must be educated on detection, clinical features, assessment techniques and principles of safe return to learn and play.
- The SMSCS supports the most recent Consensus Statement on the use of widespread baseline neuropsychological testing. At present, there is insufficient evidence to recommend the widespread routine use of baseline neuropsychological testing.
- Most recently, the Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC), a group of health-related organisations concerned with the recognition, treatment and management of concussion, made a recommendation for policy development regarding sport related concussion prevention and management in Canada.
- The SMSCS supports their recommendation that organizations responsible for operating, regulating or planning sport and sporting events with a risk of concussion should be required to develop or adapt and implement a concussion management protocol.
- This protocol must be based on current best practices but can be customised for their context and available resources.
- The SMSCS has developed a “CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PLANNING TOOL” (CMPT) to assist sport organizations to develop and implement a concussion management protocol based on current best practice informed by research evidence and knowledge.