About CATT Online
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is a series of online educational modules and resources with the goal of standardizing concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Good concussion management may decrease the risk of brain damage and potentially reduce long-term health issues.
Developed by Dr. Shelina Babul, Associate Director/Sports Injury Specialist with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, CATT is based upon the established principles of the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. The 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) Consensus Statement builds on the principles outlined in previous concussion statements and aims to develop a better understanding of sport-related concussion.
Research and evidence on concussions is evolving and the knowledge base is continually changing. As a result, this website is updated on a regular basis to provide current information, tools, and resources to support concussion recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and management.
CATT is part of the Concussion Harmonization Project, a federal initiative to increase the prevention, recognition, and treatment of concussions in Canada.
There are 5 CATT online educational modules and a toolkit for Players/Participants of sport and recreational activity. All online educational modules are available in English and French and free-of-charge.
BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU)
The BCIRPU was established in August 1997 and is located at BC Children’s Hospital as a core research program within the Evidence to Innovation theme of the research institute. BCIRPU also serves as a training centre, and several staff members at the Unit hold faculty appointments at the University of British Columbia. BCIRPU was established as a strategic entity, blending the need for research and evidence with best practices and the development of policies and programs to reduce injury in BC.
Child Health BC
Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital, brings together policy makers, health administrators, clinicians, operational leaders, and physician leaders from across BC who together have a bold, common goal: To work together to continuously improve the health status and health outcomes of BC’s children by building an integrated and accessible system of service. Child Health BC has identified injury prevention, and more specifically concussions, as a priority area on which to focus. Child Health BC has been pleased to partner with the BCIRPU on the development and implementation of the Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit (CATT).
BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, youth and young adults, including newborns. Child and Youth Mental Health provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for children, adolescents and young adults across the province. For more information, visit www.bcchildrens.ca or follow us on Twitter @BCChildrensHosp.
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
PHSA is a provincial health authority of BC that coordinates and provides province-wide population health and specialized health services through our agencies, services and programs. We work in partnership with the province’s five regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health to improve evidence-informed practice, health promotion and prevention services, and management of acute and chronic conditions. We provide analytical and policy support to government and health authorities to reduce the burden of illness and injury and improve the health of the population.
BC Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health is a provincial government department responsible for British Columbia’s health system, with a mandate to guide and enhance the province’s health services to ensure British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and improve their health.
Parachute is Canada’s national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries. Unintentional injury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 – 34, where one child dies every nine hours. The financial toll is staggering, with injury costing the Canadian economy $27 billion a year. Through education and advocacy, Parachute is working to save lives and create a Canada free of serious injuries.
G.F. Strong School Program
The G. F. Strong School Program is a provincial resource program which seeks to meet the educational needs of students with neurological impairments sustained through illness or injury. The goals of the program include: to offer education to students, parents, and school professionals regarding the effects of concussion on student learning; to assist with the development of Return to Learn Plans; and to develop appropriate individual academic intervention for students returning to school after an illness or injury. GFS school staff are active team members on the Adolescent Complex Concussion Clinic at G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.
G.F. Strong Rehab Centre—Adolescent Complex Concussion Clinic
The Adolescent Complex Concussion Clinic, part of the Adolescent and Young Adult Outpatient Program, provides interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for adolescents 12 to 18 years old in high school and diagnosed with a concussion in the past 18 months. The mandate of the clinic is to provide concussion education, symptom assessment and management, and recommendations for Return to Sport and Return to School.
Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research (SOAR)
SOAR is a multidisciplinary research collaboration between University of British Columbia-Okanagan and Kelowna Women’s Shelter that aims to study traumatic brain injury in women who have experienced intimate partner violence and abuse.