Youth Concussion Clinic

Healing Concussions Safely For Youth.

Specialized youth concussion care to help the return to activities at home, school, and play happen more quickly and safely. BrainTrust Youth Concussion Clinic offers a medically supervised approach to helping children and youth ages 5 to 25 heal safely from concussion, so they can get back to the sports and activities they love. We provide families with the one-to-one guidance, information, tools, and reassurance they need. We also offer access to clinical counselling as needed.

Youth Concussion Recovery Program

Immediate access to concussion clinician - no waiting for an appointment

Thorough intake assessment: medical/concussion history, comprehensive symptom analysis, cognitive and neurological screening

File review by concussion physician who collaborates with clinician to create recovery plan

Symptom checks and strategies for managing concussion symptoms during recovery

Clearance from a physician when youth can safely return to learn/work and play

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

by providing the best concussion care for children and youth. 

  • One-of-a-Kind Services

    This medically supervised program helps children and youth from the day of injury up to 30 days post-concussion. 

  • Highest Standards

    We follow the recommended protocols and standards of care as outlined by the Canadian Concussion Collaborative.

  • Medically Supervised

    Your child's recovery is supervised by a physician with decades of experience with concussion. He also clears the safe return to school and sports. 

The Research is Clear

Managing the appropriate return to activity is crucial, particularly in children and youth.

Proper concussion care minimizes the likelihood of long-term consequences.

Eligibility & Cost

The following must be true for the individual with concussion:

  • between the ages of 5 and 25
  • diagnosed with acute concussion within the last 7 days (must provide documentation)
  • assessed and cleared of a more serious injury by a physician
  • no claim filed with WCB/WSBC (workplace injury) or ICBC (motor vehicle incident) related to this concussion

The cost of Youth Concussion Recovery is $452.

*Note: The Youth Concussion Recovery fee is currently being waived for Central Okanagan youth whose families qualify for funding, thanks to support from the KGH Foundation - Kiwanis Legacy Fund.

Our Expert Team

DR. DAVID RHINE

CONCUSSION PHYSICIAN

"Whether at home, school, or in sport, we are more aware than ever that concussions have a huge impact on our children's health."

Dr. David Rhine is an emergency  physician with an international reputation in concussion management. His approach to managing concussion in children and youth targets three key areas.  These include the early recognition of concussion, consistent management, and the safe return to school and play.

Dr. Rhine presented internationally at both the 2012 and 2016 International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. He shared expertise in both concussion assessment and management. 

CHRISTINE ATKINS

CONCUSSION CLINIC MANAGER

Christine is passionate about concussion recovery, and in 2016 she attended the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany.

Christine has significant experience conducting initial assessments for sports concussion patients, and has worked with physicians to determine best management and follow-up practices. She is a contributing author to the following article: “Clinical characteristics, referral patterns and time to recovery in youth and adults following a sport-related concussion (SRC) ”.

Christine is also an athletic therapist for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Olympic Team, and helps provide care to rodeo athletes on the international circuit.

MICHELLE VAN BILJON

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

MIchelle has twenty years of experience as an occupational therapist, working with clients experiencing cognitive and physical challenges.

For the last ten years she has specialized in community rehabilitation, functional assessments, and helping clients achieve return to productivity/work goals. Michelle brings these skills and experience to her role at BrainTrust. She assists clients in identifying their goals for the program and provides general program oversight. She also helps develop individualized transition plans for clients upon completion of the program.