Together, we will protect the brain from concussion
Concussions are causing more damage to Canadians than ever before.
The brain is the most complicated system in the universe. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most delicate. A three-pound mass suspended in fluid, it is extremely vulnerable to injury.
The incidence of concussion – damage that occurs when the brain strikes the inside of the skull – has doubled in the last 10 years to 3 million in North America. Why? Our population is active and also aging. Concussion can affect anyone and it is the leading cause of brain injury.
The University of Calgary is uniquely suited to address the issue of concussion. Brain and mental health is an area of research excellence for the university. Preventing and treating concussion and brain injury is a priority.
Experts from the faculties of Arts and Kinesiology, the Cumming School of Medicine, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute have created a collaborative, integrated approach to address the growing societal concern about concussions.
Together, we will find new ways to keep the brain safe.
Research outcomes to benefit society
Fuel transformational change
Improving treatment and rehabilitation
We are unlocking the secrets of how concussions can impact each person individually, because every brain is unique.
Some people recover quickly, while others experience symptoms for months after the injury.
Work is underway to reverse the effects of injury and rehabilitate people.
Researchers within the Integrated Concussion Research Program are sparking new discoveries. They are exploring new approaches to treatment such as physiotherapy, nerve blocks, electrical stimulation and drug therapy.
Physiotherapy discovery helps athletes
New research by Kathryn Schneider, a member of the Integrated Concussion Research Program, has made inroads for physiotherapy in concussion treatment.
Combining physiotherapy concussion treatment with additional therapy – of the neck and balance system – is four times more likely to lead to an athlete’s medical clearance for return to sport within eight weeks.
Schneider’s discovery reveals a new path for a hands-on, active physiotherapy that might prove to be more effective than current standards of care for those with post-concussion symptoms.