Healthy Schools: Concussions

Information for parents, educators, students and coaches on concussion prevention, identification and management

A concussion can occur from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.

Though concussions are common sport injuries, particularly among children and adolescents, their sometimes subtle symptoms may go unnoticed. Without identification and proper management, a concussion has the potential to result in permanent or severe brain damage.

Learn more about various aspects of concussions, including information on:

  • Prevention
  • Identification
  • Management and treatment

Find resources and guidelines outlining safe practices to minimize the risk of injuries for children and youth during physical activity, including Ophea's Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

Update:

March 6, 2018: Ontario passed concussion safety legislation to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school.

December 14, 2017: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport announced the introduction of legislation that will, if passed, establish mandatory provisions for ensuring the safety of athletes in amateur sports, including sport at schools.

This legislation will boost the concussion policies already in place for Ontario schools, and give the Ministry of Education the legislative authority to issue binding concussion policies and guidelines that would apply to all school boards.

The Ministry of Education plans to engage with education stakeholders and partners to review the current concussion policy (PPM 158) that sets out requirements for school boards, and consider revisions to align with the proposed legislation.

This legislation was developed in response to recommendations by the Rowan's Law Committee, which was established in 2016 to review the jury recommendations made as a result of the Coroner's inquest into the death of 17-year-old high school rugby player Rowan Stringer. The Committee was mandated to provide advice to the government with respect to head injury prevention and management.

Additional Resources

Read the report of the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee

PPM 158: School Board Policies on Concussions (PDF, 97 KB)