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 adult Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms were developed to enable health care practitioners to effectively diagnose and manage concussion in adults (over the age of 18) and treat symptoms that persist over time. The second edition was released in September 2013. To view and download the guidelines, click here.

The adult guidelines is currently in the process of being updated. The guidelines update will be complete in the Fall of 2017.

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.