Option 1 - SAFE START

Children and youth with concussion are usually released from the hospital after a few hours of observation in the ER.  In the minutes to days after a concussion, brain cells are in a vulnerable state. The individual's behaviour should continue to be monitored closely for the first few days for signs of a more serious brain injury.

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Our concussion clinicians provide the one-on-one guidance, information, tools, and reassurance families need to get through the FIRST TEN DAYS, from the convenience of home.

Here's what you receive with SAFE START:

immediate access to clinician - no waiting for an appointment

file review by concussion physician with individualized instructions for client

thorough intake assessment - medical/concussion history, comprehensive symptom analysis, cognitive and neurological screening

critical guidance for the first ten days after concussion

strategies for managing the early symptoms

P.A.C.E. concussion app - practical, interactive, step-by-step recovery guide

daily communication by phone, text, email, FaceTime, or Skype



Prevention of a second injury during recovery is important because having a concussion increases the risk of a second concussion by five times. A second concussion, soon after the first, also increases the risk of dangerous brain swelling.

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Specialized care of children and youth with concussion helps the return to activities at home, school, and play happen more quickly and safely. You can rest assured, knowing that concussion clinicians are monitoring your child's progress daily, from DAY 11 to DAY 30.

Here's what you receive with CONCUSSION RECOVERY:

immediate access to clinician - no waiting for an appointment

daily contact for a closely monitored recovery process from Day 11 through to Day 30

daily symptom analysis; strategies for managing concussion symptoms which change continually as your child recovers

individualized direction for your child's safe, step-by-step return to activities at home/school/play

communication with everyone affected - patient, parents, schools, coaches - outlining accommodations required by the patient as recovery progresses

P.A.C.E. concussion app - a practical, interactive recovery guide

ongoing supervision of the recovery process by a concussion physician

clearance from a concussion physician on when your child can safely return to learn and return to play - no guesswork on your part

daily communication by phone, text, email, FaceTime, or Skype


NOTE:  The pace at which each child/youth recovers from concussion is individual. Some will recover quickly (within about 10 days) while most can expect to take up to 30 days to reach maximum recovery.  On occasion, some children/youth may experience persistent, post-concussive symptoms.  Should this be the case, our concussion physician will review the patient's file and make the appropriate referrals back to support within the medical system.

A Mother's Words

BrainTrust Concussion Clinic is a very valuable program with a concrete plan for recovery.  

Christine is an amazing resource.  She is extremely knowledgeable, great at communicating with both young athletes and parents, and made what could have been a scary, frustrating experience much more tolerable for both Nate and I.  I highly recommend BrainTrust Concussion Clinic to anyone recovering from concussion.

-Nicole Goodwin - mother to Nate, 10 years old, sports concussion

Concussion. The problem is real.

We're in this to make sure our youth heal safely.

47% of all reported sports concussions occur during HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

1 in 5 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES will sustain a sports concussion during the season

90% of most diagnosed concussions DO NOT INVOLVE A LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

by the Numbers

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In Canadian youth ages 5-19, sports and recreation-related concussions and brain injuries are MOST COMMON AMONG THOSE AGED 10-14 YEARS

52% of sport-related concussions in Canadian MALES ages 10-19 happen while playing HOCKEY

36% of sport-related concussions in Canadian FEMALES ages 10-19 happen while playing SOCCER

Concussion Resources


Concussions 101 - A Primer for Kids and Parents

Zachary Lystedt’s Story - Watch Zach’s story and you will never think about youth concussion the same way again.  Compelling, real-life evidence as to why concussion education and youth concussion recovery programs that help prevent second concussions are essential.

Helping Kids Recover from Sports Concussions - An informative article and video (scroll down) for parents/caregivers of children who play sports.

Concussion Management - A quick review of concussions - what they are, and what to do.



P.A.C.E. Concussion - P.A.C.E. Concussion is an interactive tool (an app) to help parents and children recognize concussion, and guide them through the healing process.

Parachute - This collection of links contains guidelines for parents/caregivers, coaches, trainers, athletes, and teachers interested in learning more about the prevention, recognition, and management of concussion.

StopConcussions - Tips for helping your child recover from concussion.

Concussion:  Managing Your Child's Return to Everyday Activities - An informative article giving tips to parents/caregivers from the first night of sleep to when your teen can drive again.

What Can You Do to Support Your Child's Recovery? - Will your child have a permanent disability because of his/her concussion?  This article answers that question and gives suggestions for how to talk to your child and other important people in his/her life about the concussion.

Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) - Three toolkits for: 1) Medical Professionals; (2) Parents, Players, and Coaches; and (3) School Professionals, providing training in the recognition, treatment and management of concussion.



Concussion Facts for Parents and Caregivers of Children and Teens - This fact sheet is for parents of children and teens who have recently had a concussion. It will tell you what to expect over the next days and weeks and offer some suggestions for helping your child through the recovery period.

Concussion Facts for Children and Teens - This fact sheet is for kids who have questions about concussions. It tells you what to expect and shares some helpful hints for getting better.

Concussion Facts for School Professionals - This fact sheet is for educators of a child or teenager who has recently had a concussion. It tells you what to expect in the first days and weeks after the concussion and offers suggestions for helping your student through the recovery process.

The 7R's of Concussion Management - Outlines the injury management process for concussion:  before a concussion occurs, when a concussion is suspected, and once a concussion is diagnosed.



Reconsidering Return-to-Play Times: A Broader Perspective on Concussion Recovery - The purpose of this study was to retrospectively assess probable recovery time for collegiate patients to return to play after concussion, especially for understudied populations, such as female and nonelite athletes.

BrainTrust Concussion Clinic is a social enterprise
owned and operated by BrainTrust Canada.

We provide affordable concussion care for children and youth that adheres to internationally approved standards.  This aligns with our greater mission to help those affected by brain injury, while also creating income that goes back into supporting our brain injury programs and services.


Thank you to the Central Okanagan Foundation for seed funding for this business venture.

To inquire about BrainTrust Concussion Clinic services call 250-762-3233, ext. 112.