Clinical Practice Guidelines

Providing current and evidence-based guidance to health care professionals, service providers, patients, and families can help people with concussions get the best possible care. Working with experts and using the most up-to-date evidence, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation created three sets of clinical guidelines for the management of concussion. These guidelines give recommendations, tools, and resources for every stage of concussion care from diagnosis to return to activity, including management of prolonged symptoms.

All of our guidelines are available at braininjuryguidelines.org


Adult Guidelines

The Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Prolonged Symptoms (3rd edition, 2018) informs and instructs health care professionals and service providers who deliver care to adults over the age of 18 who have or are suspected of having sustained a concussion/mTBI.  [English][French]

The patient version of the guideline includes the same information as the health care professional version, and can make communication between patients and providers easier. [English][French]

The Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (2016) aims to improve health care and assist health care professionals to make clinical decisions based on scientific evidence and expert opinions. The guideline informs rehabilitative care provided in acute settings (early rehabilitation) and rehabilitation facilities (post-acute inpatient or outpatient services) for adults (over the age of 18) who have sustained a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. [English] | [French]


Pediatric Guideline

The Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion (2019) informs and instructs health care professionals and service providers who deliver care to children and youth (ages 18 and under) who have or are suspected of having sustained a concussion. [English]

For more information about the pediatric guideline, click here.