Kids are suiting up for their favourite Fall sports but when it comes to safety, are helmets and pads enough to keep our young athletes safe?

Canadian doctors Ross Upshur and Paul Echlin don’t think so.

The concussion problem is being called a “silent epidemic.”And doctors Upshur and Echlin believe a fundamental shift must be made in youth sports to protect the brains of young competitors.

A new study from the University of Calgary finds that physiotherapy is beneficial to those suffering from lingering concussion symptoms.

The study, conducted by Dr. Kathryn Schneider of the University’s Sport Injury Prevention Center, focused on experimental treatment of the inner ear and the neck vertebrae in concussed athletes.

Schneider says most individuals recover from a concussion within seven to 10 days, but the new treatment could help those with prolonged symptoms and suffering.

In total, thirty-one athletes suffering from sports-related head injuries were examined by Dr. Schneider and her team. The patients were split into two groups. In one group, patients were treated with traditional methods of concussion rehabilitation. In the other group, patients received weekly treatment including a combination of inner ear rehabilitation and neck vertebrae physiotherapy.

Concussion talk is everywhere. How do we diagnose a concussion? How do we treat them? How do we build greater awareness?

How are we to navigate through the overwhelming body of research on the topic?

Fortunately, a doctor-professor from Toronto has sought to simplify the medical world’s best evidence on concussions.