General Resources

Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Centre for Disease Control Heads Up
Brainstreams
Brainline
McGill Montreal Childrens Hospital Concussion KIT
Video – Concussion 101 Primer for parents and children
BC Anxiety
NS Sleep Well

Resources For Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Practice Guidelines
Solving the Concussion Crisis
ACE Physician Clinician Office Version
Online Course On Concussion Management For Healthcare Professionals
Parachute Canada Concussion Guidelines For Physicians
Consensus Statement On Concussion In Sport: The 4th International Conference On Concussion In Sport Held In Zurich November 2012
Library of Concussion resources

Resources For Coaches, Athletes And Teachers

Online Course For Coaches And Athletes
Athletes Concussion Guidelines
Coaches Concussion Guidelines
Return to Cognitive and Physical Exertion Protocols – English
Return to Cognitive and Physical Exertion Protocols – French
CATT Online course for Teachers

Where To Go For Help

This page lists services available within Nova Scotia for patients with concussion. Listing on this page does not constitute an endorsement by Concussion Nova Scotia.

Concussion Clinics

Referral from family doctor or Emergency Department required

CLINIC / PHYSICIAN
LOCATION
PHONE / FAX
Medicine in Motion Concussion Clinic (Dr. Christina Atkinson & Dr. Mark Fetcher)
133 Baker Drive, Suite 101, Dartmouth, NS B2W 0M6
(P)902-468-7911 (F)902-404-3203
Colchester Research Group – Dr. Linda Ferguson
68 Robie Street, Truro, NS B2N 1L2
(P)902-843-3530 (F)902-895-6437
Antigonish Concussion Clinic – Dr. David Cudmore
40 Church Street, Antigonish, NS B2G 2C7
(P)902-863-4558 (F)902-867-5665
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury /Concussion Education Sessions
NS Rehabilitation Center 1341 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 4K4
(P)902-473-8610
Dr. Timothy Riding
42 Glen Allen Drive, Suite 301, Bridgewater, NS B4V 3N2
(P)902-543-7124 (F)902-530-3158

Intervention Services

CLINIC / PHYSICIAN
LOCATION
PHONE / FAX
Support Group- Brain Injury Association of NS (BIANS)
NA
NA

For Persistent Symptoms

CDHA Acquired Brain Injury Team
CDHA Day Program
CDHA Outreach Program
CDHA Concussion Education Sessions

Day Program And Outreach NS Rehab

Day program and Outreach NS Rehab

Outpatient OT

Outpatient OT
Physician Outpatient Referral Form OT

Pain Clinic Self-Management Sessions

Pain Clinic Self-Management Sessions

Other Community Resources

If you are experiencing persistent symptoms related to your concussion, that interfere with your recovery, you may also wish to consider the following allied health professionals.

PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS
EXAMPLES OF PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN HELP
Anxiety, depression, emotional changes, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Fatigue, daily living, attention and memory strategies

Occupational Therapists

www.nssot.ca/

Thinking, memory and attention

Neuropsychologists

www.apns.ca/

Visual disturbance
Pain, muscles, joints, headache, balance and dizziness

Please contact the Occupational Therapy Department of your local hospital if you are out of the Capital Health area district.

Some, but not all optometrists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists have experience with assessment and treatment of visual disturbance following concussion, and not all physiotherapists have experience treating dizziness following concussion. To find a clinician with concussion experience, you may wish to ask the following questions:

  • What kind of experience do you have in helping people/children with concussion with these specific problems?
  • What kind of assessment and treatment services do you provide to people with concussion?
  • How long/how many sessions are usually required?
  • What is the fee for your services and is it covered through MSI or private health insurance?

Most of these professionals have provincial organization websites (see above links) where you can obtain a directory for your area. Some professional websites provide a searchable database where you can look for clinicians with specialization in brain injury/sports medicine. Some of these professionals practice independently, whereas others practice within multidisciplinary rehabilitation services.

Many of these rehabilitation services are not covered through MSI. You may have some coverage through various insurance policies to assist with treatment, including private health insurance, sports insurance through your sports team, and/or auto insurance if you were involved in a crash