We provide a medically supervised, one-on-one approach to helping youth heal safely from concussion, so they can get back to the sports and activities they love.
Concussion in Children and Youth
The Importance of Specialized Treatment
Injury to the developing brain, especially repeat concussions, can increase the risk of long-term effects in children and youth. Concussion management experts worldwide agree that the developing brain requires special consideration.
Research shows that children and youth can take longer to recover from a concussion than adults suffering comparable impacts.
Children and youth sustaining concussion must be strictly monitored and their activities managed carefully until they are fully healed. Eager to play again, and unable to see the possible long-term effects, youth may downplay their symptoms. Medical clearance on the return to normal activities is essential.
Children and youth who sustain one concussion are at higher risk for a second concussion from re-injury soon after the first one. The best way to achieve a safe recovery is with the guidance and support of brain injury specialists.
Children and youth who suffer a second or third concussion take much longer to recover. If another brain injury is sustained before the youth has recovered from the initial concussion, s/he may be left with long-term deficits impacting memory, balance, sleep, and mood, and can result in chronic headaches.
Concussions 101: A Primer for Kids and Parents
In this engaging, short video Dr. Mike Evans describes:
- what a concussion is,
- concussion symptoms that can occur,
- steps that are followed for the safe return to activity,
- and the importance of communication throughout the healing process.
BrainTrust Concussion Clinic
Quality Concussion Care for Youth
Our youth concussion clinic is the only medically supervised program in Canada that walks youth and their families through the experience of concussion from the day of injury to 30 days post-injury. Healing from concussion begins immediately, so it's important to us to guide injured youth and their families right from the start.
The Highest Standards
We follow the most up-to-date, recommended standards of care outlined in the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. This protocol for concussion recovery has been approved by a team of international experts in the field of concussion.
Client recovery is supervised by a concussion physician with over 35 years experience in this field. He also provides final medical clearance to return to school and sports. Additionally, we access licensed healthcare clinicians with concussion expertise including an athletic therapist and an occupational therapist.
Partnered with the Medical System
BrainTrust's Concussion Clinic has partnered with local medical professionals at Kelowna General Hospital to address the gap in concussion care for youth, and together we bring you the best solution for youth concussion recovery.
P.A.C.E. Recovery App
We are partnered with the developers of the P.A.C.E. (Progressive Activation and Concussion Education) App designed to assist parents in managing their child's concussion with a medically reviewed, step-by-step action plan for concussion recovery.
We Understand Brain Injury
Our parent organization - BrainTrust Canada - has proved personalized support to thousand of clients in their recovery from brain injury for over 30 years. We treat youth with concussion with the same knowledgeable and compassionate care.
BrainTrust Concussion Clinic Team
Our team of experts has specialized knowledge and experience in the field of concussion/brain injury. They assess the impact of the concussion, provide personalized guidance and symptom management strategies, and monitor the youth's progress from the day of injury through to maximum recovery.
BRAINTRUST CANADA CEO
As the CEO of BrainTrust Canada, Mona plays an active role in the operational leadership of the BrainTrust Concussion Clinic program, providing oversight in all phases of its development.
CONCUSSION MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. David Rhine
With more than 35 years of experience in this field, Dr. David Rhine says that "whether at home, school, or in sport, we are more aware than ever that concussions have a huge impact on our children's health."
BRAINTRUST CONCUSSION CLINIC MANAGER
With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Christine Atkins is also a certified athletic therapist with additional training and experience in concussion management.
Rose Kristiansen and Dr. Rhine are the developers of the Progressive Activation and Concussion Education (PACE) app that helps parents guide the management of their child’s concussion.