Integrated Concussion Research Program

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury, most often caused by a hit to the head, neck, face, or body. They cause changes in how the brain works but these changes can’t always be seen on a CT scan or MRI. A concussion can change the way you think and feel. Symptoms can vary and present differently depending on the person and injury.

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The university's Integrated Concussion Research Program works with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine, the Faculty of Kinesiology, and the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts to address concussion and other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

Research Impact

From left: Ibukunoluwa Oni, graduate student; Carter Randall, research assistant; and Jeff Dunn.

UCalgary researchers develop portable brain imaging system that could shed light

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), measures communication in the brain by measuring oxygen levels. It will be used in a study at Alberta Children’s Hospital.


UCalgary leads in formation of Canadian Concussion Network

In association with a nationwide group of partners, UCalgary has been awarded a $1.5 million, five-year CIHR Network Catalyst Grant to establish the Canadian Concussion Network


Researcher pioneers prevention of sport-related concussion in youth

The Sport Injury Prevention Centre (SIPRC) is committed to achieving a 25-per-cent reduction in youth sport and recreational injuries by 2025.

Quick Facts

Quick facts

Understanding Concussion


How Concussions Happen

The cause of concussions can be varied. A blow to the head or neck, a bodily movement causing whiplash, or a heavy physical impact to other parts of the body, can all cause a concussion.


Symptoms of Concussion

Concussion symptoms vary from person to person, depending on many factors. Some common acute symptoms include dizziness, headache, neck pain, forgetfulness, nausea, and irritability.


Treatment of Concussion

Always consult your doctor. The typical approach to care is rest for one or two days with a gradual return to activity. Persistent symptoms may require specialized assessment and treatment.

Research Highlights