This new information clarifies that Baseline testing is not required for post-injury concussion care of youth or adult athletes with suspected or diagnosed concussion. It also outlines that Baseline testing is not recommended for youth athletes, regardless of their level of play.
The Globe and Mail ran an article about the NEW Canadian Concussion Guidelines that highlighted the importance of these new standards in ensuring Canadians across the country receive consistent, medically-supervised concussion care.
Dr. Shannon Bauman, Medical Director of Concussion North was one of fifteen concussion specialists selected by Parachute Canada and the Federal Government to develop comprehensive concussion guidelines for Canada. These guidelines have been designed to ensure youth and adults who suffer a sports-related concussion get connected to the medical care they need to ensure a safe recovery and return to school and sport.
The Canadian Guideline for Concussion in Sport is available for download HERE.
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) recently released a NEW set of standards for Post Concussion Care in Ontario.
Currently the health care system in Ontario does not have specific procedures and standards for post-concussion care. As a result, there is uncertainty regarding the needed pathway of care, the appropriate providers who should be delivering the care and how services should be organized.
The ONF's overarching vision in setting these standards in post-concussion care is to ensure people who suffer a concussion receive the right care, delivered at the right time, by the right provider, across the province.
The NEW standards for Post-Concussion Care in Ontario are available for download HERE.
Dr. Shannon Bauman, Medical Director, and Carolyn Glatt, Physiotherapist at Concussion North, were contributing members on the ONF Concussion Advisory Subcommittee.
"Dr. Shannon Bauman runs a concussion clinic in Barrie, Ont. Her fees are covered through the Ontario health plan, but she also works with physiotherapists and other practitioners who charge private fees. She does not support the use of baseline testing and insists that concussion management must be overseen by a medical doctor."
Dr. Shannon Bauman presented her research on the gender differences in clinical presentation and recovery of sports-related concussions at the 5th International Conensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany
Health.com "In a recent study of 207 male and female athletes at a concussion specialty clinic in Ontario, the clinic’s medical director, Shannon Bauman, MD, found that women didn’t just report more symptoms of concussion post-injury but also had more objective signs (according to a physical exam and their medical histories), such as migraine and trouble maintaining balance."
After months of planning and preparation, we are so pleased to open our doors and serve everyday and elite athletes in the greater Barrie area. We are now accepting new Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy clients. We also have openings available in our Post-Concussion Specialty Treatment program, if you have received an initial assessment and referral by a primary care physician. Call us at 1-705-503-3003 to book an appointment or visit our FAQ page for more information about the referral process.