Guidelines

Providing current and evidence-informed guidance to health care professionals, service providers, patients and families can help those with concussions receive optimal care.

ONF has released two sets of up-to-date evidence-and clinically informed guidelines for the management of concussion, one for adults and one dedicated to pediatric concussion. These guidelines provide recommendations, tools and resources across the stages of care, from diagnosis to the management of persistent symptoms and return to activity.

Adults

The Guidelines for Concussion/ mTBI and Persistent Symptoms were developed to enable health care practitioners to provide enhanced care for those 18 years of age and older who are living with the effects of the injury.

The guidelines are now in their third edition, published in June 2018. An important new feature is the creation of a patient and family version of the guideline, containing the key information, and offering resources based on needs identified by persons with concussion and their family or support person.

Access The Guidelines for Concussion/ mTBI and Persistent Symptoms

Pediatric

The Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion are intended to provide health care practitioners, schools, community organizations/centres, parents and caregivers, with tools for improved management of concussion in children/adolescents under 18 years of age. The guidelines were released in June 2014, and come in three user-specific modules as well as a complete version. To view and download the guidelines, click here.

The pediatric guidelines will be updated again in 2017.