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Last summer, we came across CATT, an online Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit to help health professionals better recognize and treat concussions. The website is funded by the BC Ministry of Health and spearheaded by Dr. Shelina Babul, associate director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital.
And now a year after its initial launch, Babul and her team have rolled out a second phase geared towards parents, players, and coaches. A third phase for teachers will be added in the fall.
Severe concussion symptoms have been linked to a long-term recovery problem called post-concussion syndrome, according to a new study.
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder causing prolonged symptoms including dizziness and headaches.
Researchers followed 179 children and teens diagnosed with a concussion during an initial ER visit. They found that the patients with severe concussion symptoms immediately after injury were three times more likely to suffer from post-concussive syndrome one month later. That’s twenty-two out of the original 179 youth participants.