Province invests in concussion research and programming
Work is underway to better support the 1,500 Islanders each year who experience concussions, and also provide education on how to prevent the injuries.
The provincial government will provide the University of Prince Edward Island with $210,000 over the next three years to develop the Concussion Awareness Program. The funding will be matched by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Government’s portion is part of a $32 million increase in its balanced 2018-19 operating budget devoted to sustaining and protecting the health of Islanders.
“The province is taking steps to improve care for concussion patients on their road to recovery, and help prevent future concussions,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said. “We are thrilled to partner with the University of Prince Edward Island on enhanced research and programing on concussions. This is important work, which will build on the ongoing efforts of our Pan-Canadian Concussion Strategy.”
"This is a great opportunity to work with young people to establish the groundwork for better understanding and shaping attitudes regarding concussion injuries," said Tessa Roche, Patient Centered Research Clinic coordinator with UPEI. “This support gives PEI the chance to be at the forefront of concussion research.”
The Concussion Awareness Program will focus on increasing awareness of concussions, injury prevention, reliable and accurate concussion detection, injury management, and surveillance. The program will include many new initiatives including:
- an education program for students;
- modular-based education session for coaches;
- an annual concussion report for health care professionals and general public;
- rehabilitation management for return-to-active living and return-to-learn protocols;
- protocols to enhance informed medical clearance; and
- evidence to evaluate different therapies for concussion recovery.
“As the sport federation for PEI, we are pleased that the Province of PEI, Department of Health and Wellness, and UPEI are partnering to develop a Concussion Awareness Program,” said Gemma Koughan, executive director of Sport PEI. “As partners of the Coaches Association of Canada we are strong advocates of the Making Headway education tool and look forward to how this resource will support this work over the next three years. We are excited that the sport community will benefit from this work in keeping our Island athletes safe and healthy.”