Concussion-U is a student run concussion education and awareness group in Newfoundland and Labrador. This group was founded at Memorial University by five medical students with the help of Dr. Falah Maroun, who is a clinical professor of Neurosurgery in Faculty of Medicine, and the ThinkFirst chapter lead in Newfoundland and Labrador. Together, we share an interest for concussion awareness, health promotion, and injury prevention.
In partnership with Parachute Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association, we hope to accomplish 4 goals:
1. EDUCATE athletes about concussion in sport
2. Increase AWARENESS of concussion in the community
3. Encourage community OUTREACH
4. Contribute to RESEARCH in the field of concussion
We have identified a need for education on sports-related head injuries in Newfoundland and Labrador. We hope to fill this need by delivering educational presentations to local sports teams. In collaboration with Parachute Canada we have developed sport-specific presentations that focus on concussion signs and symptoms, management, and return-to-play guidelines.
In order to increase awareness of concussion in the community, we established an internet presence with a website and social media accounts. Check out our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/concussionu) and Twitter account (@concussionu).
A concussion is different than other sports injuries, and recovery from a concussion can be very individualized. One of the goals of Concussion-U is to engage in outreach and involve athletes to create a community of support. To help accomplish this goal, we created a semi-monthly newsletter called “Faces of Concussion.” These brief communications feature athletes who have been directly impacted by concussions. We hope this project will empower injury survivors and allow them to tell their story.
We are currently conducting a prospective cohort study evaluating the effectiveness of our educational presentation on knowledge and attitudes of concussion amongst a cohort of AAA Bantam and Midget hockey players. Initial data showed an immediate improvement in knowledge and attitudes of concussion after our presentation (p < 0.01). Follow-up data is currently being analyzed.
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