Making a Difference in Pediatric Concussion Research

A love of sports and an increase in emergency department admittance at the Children’s Hospital for sports injuries – especially concussions – led Dr. Kelly Russell to focus on pediatric concussion research.

“Concussion is sometimes called the invisible injury, and it’s hard for kids who may not understand why they can’t concentrate, feel dizzy or have a headache, or lights or sounds are bothering them, when they look just fine,” states Dr. Russell. “We want to draw attention to this injury that isn’t so obvious.”

Through your donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Dr. Russell’s research at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba is giving a better understanding of pediatric concussions and is resulting in better outcomes for kids.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that we’re getting the right kids to the right treatment option in a timely manner, and our research is helping to better understand this,” says Dr. Russell. There are several things parents can watch for, and one major myth to dispel.

“You do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion,” says Dr. Russell.

“If kids complain about getting a headache, or nausea, or if they vomit that could be a sign. If they stumble and seem dizzy, that could also indicate a concussion. Changes in mood or sleep patterns are also signs and symptoms of a concussion.”

The Pan Am Concussion Program, located at the MTS Iceplex, is the first multi-disciplinary, provincially funded, concussion program that is pediatric specific in all of Canada. It’s just another way your donations are developing leaders in the field. Your donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation supports research like Dr. Russell’s that is unravelling the mystery surrounding concussion and allowing kids to safely reap the benefits of sports.