Peterborough Athletics Concussion Awareness (PACA)
Recognize. Remove. Manage. Prevent.
On September 28th 2022, to coincide with Rowan’s Law Day in Ontario, PACA (Peterborough Athletics Concussion Awareness) released its four-part video docuseries focusing on the critical aspects of concussion in sport. The series is called Recognize, Remove, Manage, Prevent. It is available now at www.PACA.Health or search on YouTube. You can also view it above.
The docuseries is directed towards parents with children in sport, as well as coaches, healthcare providers and anyone with an association to youth sport. The purpose of the docuseries is to provide free, accessible educational and awareness resources to understand how to recognize a Concussion, what to do if you suspect a Concussion has occurred, how to manage the symptoms associated with Concussion, and ways to help prevent Concussions.
Although focused on the Peterborough area with local athletes, coaches and healthcare professionals at its core, the video docuseries has a much larger general appeal to all communities in Ontario and anyone in the province who is involved in youth sport.
“As a community led awareness project for concussion in sport, PACA’s goal is to centre Peterborough as a leading community in concussion education and awareness with the goal of influencing other communities in the province” said Ryan Sutton, Project Manager. “These videos were created to be a resource for everyone to understand and recognize the importance of taking concussion seriously, what to do when a concussion occurs and to provide an overview of how sport organizations can work to keep athletes safe. Our hope is to influence local and national sport structures to take concussion more seriously at a community level” added Seth Mendelsohn, Project co-creator.
The docuseries is broken into four segments. Each segment is focused on the one of PACA’s four key pillars of concussion awareness; Recognize, Remove, Manage, Prevent.
PACA would like to thank all the athletes, coaches, healthcare providers and researchers who generously provided their time and stories to help make this project happen. PACA would also like to thank its many community partners, including the Peterborough Family Health Team, GPHSF Your Family Health Team Foundation, Peterborough Public Health, The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, Lakefield College, Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network, Canadian Mental Health Association, H.O.P.E., and Brian Injury Association Peterborough Region.
For further details or to schedule an interview with Ryan or Seth, please contact:
Vince Bierworth, Executive Director for GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation
Vince@GPHSF.ca – 705 740 8074 ext. 300