Posted by Editoress on 03/10/11
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) has published a Concussion and Return to Competition protocol, which can be found online at www.canadian-cycling.com.
Concussions are a known injury in cycling and it can be difficult for team managers and coaches to know what to do if it is suspected an athlete might have one. If concussions are understood and managed properly, including using a step-by-step return to competition guideline, the chance of persistent symptoms and complications can be drastically decreased and the athlete may return to full health more quickly.
The protocol defines concussion, outlines the signs and symptoms, and provides a step-by-step protocol for all CCA staff to abide by. It also includes the standardized SCAT assessment tool, as well as an education card containing information on how to safely return to cycling.
The authors of the project are Dr. Jenn Turner, BPHE (Hon) and Tara Barker, MSc (PT), Hons.B.Kin, supported with input by Dr. Bruce Davidson and CCA's Integrated Support Team Coordinator Andrea Wooles, MSc. French adaptation was prepared by Dr. Susan Labrecque, MD.
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