Boarder concussion education
Boarders were treated to a very informative PowerPoint presentation from two staff members at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre on Nov. 11.
Talia Dick completed her masters of occupational science and occupational therapy degree at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work involves management and treatment of brain injuries in pediatric and adult populations. James Murphy completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his master’s degree within the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences specializing in biomechanics and neuroscience at the University of Guelph. His masters research explored various balance outcome measures in varsity athletes before and after sustaining a concussion.
Their presentation focused on the signs of concussion, baseline testing that should occur each year and the return to learn and return to play procedures that must follow a concussion. Several boarders have experienced concussions in the past and a couple continue to make their way through the return to learn and return to play protocols. Dick and Murphy did a wonderful job in helping the boys understand the emotional, physical, sleep and mental health signs that indicate an individual is suffering from a concussion.
The Wernham & West Centre for Learning and UCC Health Centre have entered into a new partnership with Holland Bloorview. There’s no doubt that the new partnership will continue to enhance the wonderful quality of care provided to UCC students.