Work-Related Concussion

Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace: Innovations for Prevention

Increased media attention on the short and long term effects of concussions/brain injuries among professional athletes and soldiers has resulted in a greater awareness about workplace injuries. With greater awareness that these injuries could have serious consequences, more workers across other employment sectors may report these injuries. We have seen a dramatic increase in the reported number of work-related traumatic brain injury (wrTBI) claims over the past two decades, yet a major research gap exists in our understanding of how wrTBIs occur and how the effects may be minimized in Ontario workplaces.

Objectives

  1. Examine factors during pre-event, event, and post-event phases associated with wrTBI that will inform injury prevention for wrTBI in Ontario;
  2. Examine the extent to which guidelines for wrTBI, particularly those of mild to moderate severity, are being implemented in Ontario;
  3. Examine sleep disorders in people with acquired brain injury and its impact on rehabilitation outcomes;
  4. Develop innovative knowledge mobilization tools that address wrTBI prevention and re-injury.

Investigators

Angela Colantonio, Pia Kontos (PIs), Mark Bayley, John Lewko, Alex Mihailidis, & Tatyana Mollayeva
Study Coordinator: Mr. Bhanu Sharma

Educational Resources

Educational resources can be found here.

Funding

Ontario Ministry of Labour Research for the Workplace (R4W)

Ontario Ministry of Labour