Ontario Basketball partners with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for youth concussion strategy

Ontario Basketball is pleased to partner with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s (Holland Bloorview) Concussion Centre to develop head injury awareness and strategy across all its programs.

The safety awareness programs began with a series of four concussion education sessions presented at the Ontario Summer Development Program camp for boys and girls ages 12 and 14. Youth participants learned signs and symptoms of concussion, steps to concussion management, and return-to-play health guidelines developed by the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre.

In collaboration with Holland Bloorview, Ontario Basketball will develop and execute a formal concussion strategy involving, but not limited to, concussion stakeholder education, training, policy development, awareness campaigns, and services.

“We never want to see players hurt on the court but awareness is key especially with head injuries,” said Jason Jansson, executive director of Ontario Basketball. “With Holland Bloorview we want to focus on getting kids healthy in all aspects of their life and back to playing the game they love.”

The Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre is one of the first in the world dedicated exclusively to pediatric concussion. Composed of leading experts in the field of pediatric concussion, its research helps generate the most innovative and evidence-based strategies for pediatric concussion nationally and internationally to ensure kids and youth safely return to the activities they need, want, and love to do. The Concussion Centre offers a wide range of concussion services including free resources and education and support session webinars for kids, youth, and their families.

“A collaborative approach to concussion provides direction and support to players, parents, coaches, and trainers. Partnering with organizations such as Ontario Basketball gives us the opportunity to share our expertise and co-develop the best outcomes for youth athletes, including education as a key starting point. This ensure that everyone is on the same page about what a concussion is and what to do if they have one, and that the policies created are relevant and meaningful to all,” says Jason Carmichael, co-director of the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre.

Equipped with the knowledge our players will gain through this partnership, we believe they will be in a better position to assess their own injuries as well as take a leadership role on their team when teammates suspect concussion.

We look forward to dispersing consistent messaging and stimulating increased dialogue around concussion education with Holland Bloorview.

Please watch the video below of concussion sessions at OSDP camp this summer and visit our Concussion Resources section for more information.