Team Up Against Concussions
Team Up Against Concussions (formerly known as SLICE) is a free 30 minute concussion education program for schools, community centers, and athletic programs. Through Team up, trained volunteers educate student-athletes about concussions through discussion, video, and interactive games, teaching them that successful athletes play hard and play smart. Using an evidence-based bystander intervention model, the program focuses on empowering student-athletes with the knowledge they need to take concussions seriously and foster a safer concussion culture.
Advanced Concussion Training
Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) is a 60-90 minute comprehensive concussion educational seminar customized for your organization. Using curriculum developed by Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founders Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu, each seminar provides the information and inspiration to play safer sports through a multimedia presentation provided by trained staff.
Brains and Brawn Camps
Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada’s flagship educational program, Brains and Brawn Concussion Camp, is a one-of-a-kind experience connecting professional athletes with youth athletes for a day of skill development and concussion education. Over lunch, professional athletes deliver a Team Up Against Concussions presentation to youth athletes, while parents and coaches receive an Advanced Concussion Training session in parallel. The Brains and Brawn Concussion Camps are available for hockey, soccer, football, and lacrosse. View photos.
Brain Safety Presentations
Brain safety presentations deliver a comprehensive overview of the Concussion Checklist, the best guidelines for coaches, players, and parents on concussion safety. Professional athletes deliver this information to diverse audiences of players, parents, coaches, and medical professionals.
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Initiative: See the Line: Concussion and Research Awareness
See the Line is a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry initiative which is presented in partnership with London Health Sciences Centre, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, Western University, Children’s Health Foundation, Brain Injury Association of London and Region, Robarts Research, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Lawson Health Research Intitute, and the Children’s Health Research Institute.
See the Line seamlessly encompasses world-class concussion healthcare and research partners from across London’s healthcare community. This unprecedented collaboration leverages each partner’s collective strength in research, patient care, education, and training, and uniquely positions London as a leader in concussion research and awareness.
The See the Line collaboration will translate research discoveries into innovative healthcare solutions, and provide a better understanding of the risk concussion injuries present.
If we know how many hits our children take, we’ll be able to reduce the number. If we reduce the number of hits, we’ll reduce concussions. If we reduce concussions, we’ll protect our athletes.
Count every hit, because every hit counts
In the last several years, new sensor devices that track head impacts have given us an extra set of eyes on athletes. Recognizing a major opportunity to protect athletes, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Hit Count program, which developed an innovative way to track the number of times an athlete is hit in the head – the Hit Count®.
A pitch count for the brain
There is no such thing as a concussion detector. Since there is no universal threshold for concussion, no impact sensor can yet reliably predict which hits will cause a concussion and which won’t. What they can do is reliably track the number of hits to the head, which we call a Hit Count. Experts agree that any hit over 10G almost always represents abnormal, and potentially dangerous, brain trauma. The vision of Hit Count is to count every impact and to give this information directly to parents and coaches so they can use this valuable metric to devise ways to play sports more safely. By limiting the Hit Count, we should reduce the number of concussions and subconcussive brain injuries. Just like a pitch count protects a pitcher’s elbow, limiting the number of hits an athlete takes will protect their brain.