NeuroMatters News

Guideline on concussion in sport released by Parachute Canada

Supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in collaboration with Sport Canada, and with the participation of experts in the field of sports concussion Parachute Canada has released the Canadian Guidelines on Concussion in Sport in September. This guideline is part of a national initiative to harmonize concussion guidelines and protocols among Canadian amateur sport organizations.

“There is a fair degree of alignment to ONF’s Standards in the Guidelines for Concussion in Sport with regards to roles in diagnosing concussion, the importance of interdisciplinary care and use of evidence to support practice” says Corinne Kagan, Senior Program Manager for the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. “The ONF Standards take the position that anyone who has sustained a concussion in Ontario regardless of cause should receive quality, appropriate and timely care.”

ONF teams up with RHI for UofT fellowship

The Rick Hansen Institute and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation established a new fellowship to support physical therapy research in the area of spinal cord injury, in honour of contributions to the field by Rick Hansen and his wife Amanda. The announcement was made at a University of Toronto event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the University’s Department of Physical Therapy.

Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee issues report on coroner’s jury recommendations

Following an nine-month process, the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee has issued its report detailing actions to address the recommendations of the coroner's jury into the death of Rowan Stringer. Rowan, a rugby player, died as a result of sports-related head injuries that were not diagnosed. The report was released by the government September 14.

The Committee grouped its recommendations under five themes: Surveillance, Prevention, Detection, Management and Awareness.

ONF CEO Kent Bassett Spiers was a member of the Committee. "ONF will continue its efforts to raise the profile of the importance of prevention,” he says. "The focus of our work on concussion care standards is making sure the public receives the right care, at the right time, by the right providers.”

"Our work on standards, evidence-based tools and guidelines is consistent with all the themes identified in the report. ONF takes pride in being part of the development of these important recommendations and in continuing to facilitate improvements in concussion care in the province," he says.

New North American organization to drive collaboration on SCI research, care and policy

Following almost a year of effort, the new North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC) held its inaugural meeting October 12. Emerging from discussions at the 2016 PRAXIS and the United 2 Fight Paralysis Working 2 Walk conferences, NASCIC is the first organization of its kind to focus on unified achievements in research, care and policy by fostering collaborative efforts across the spinal cord injury community with an emphasis on those living with SCI. Twelve founding members include the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), Spinal Cord Injury Canada (SCIC), Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO). CSRO hosts the Consortium secretariat  and will provide in-kind resources to help maintain the day-to-day administrative needs for NASCIC.

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario recognized through special Second City fundraiser

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario was a beneficiary of a benefit performance organized and presented by former members of the Second City comedy troupe. The main focus of the fundraiser was the nephew of actor Dave Thomas, Jake Thomas. Jake lives with SCI and the majority of the proceeds from the sold-out event were dedicated to supporting his future requirements. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario received significant media coverage and Peter Athanasopoulos, Senior Manager Public Policy and Government Relations at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario attended the event.

“We are so thankful for the funds raised that will be used to support the life-changing work we do at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario,” he says. “But equally important was the one-on-one conversations many of our staff had with attendees and some well-known actors who donated their time and talent to make the show happen. We are so thankful to Second City for choosing to support our charity.”

Loop joins the Community of Practice online page at Health Quality Ontario

The Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice has joined the Health Quality Ontario (HQO) online Community listings page. The HQO page is accepts groups in the healthcare community tackling quality improvement issues. Loop was launched almost two years ago and has about 1,600 members.