Steve Podborski is Still a Canadian Hero

November 06, 2018, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

We are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term impacts of concussion and traumatic brain injury on people. The euphemisms have disappeared. We no longer say that athletes are punch drunk, or that they saw stars. We recognize that the injuries of concussion are serious and many times irreparable and not evident for years.

Steve Podborski is now relating his story. After a brilliant ski season winning Olympic Bronze in 1980, he was named to the order of Canada in 1982. As one of the ‘Crazy Canucks’ he was a celebrated Canadian hero and the CN tower was lit up with his name. An incredible downhill skier, he was apparently invincible and fearless. The giant falls on the hill were shaken off by athletes, and when the bones healed the skiers were back at it. There was no thought given to their brains.

Today he works as the CEO for Parachute Canada, a non-profit working to reduce preventable injuries in day-to-day life. Parachute released their detailed Concussion protocol earlier this year and it was adopted by over 40 sporting organizations in Canada. Sports from boxing to running have come on board and the organizations are filtering the protocols down from national to local levels to keep athletes safe from the horrible impacts of concussion.

I wrote about the concussion protocols in July 2017, and I am writing about them again. I firmly believe that we need to help our children grow up safe and healthy and part of this equation is to prevent brain injury and to recognize when to stop play and start care.

Here is the outline of the resources available on the Parachute website. Please, click through to read what you can do help implement the use of these guidelines in your sport.

Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport has been developed to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care, and proper management to allow them to return to their sport.

Developed by Parachute and its Expert Advisory Concussion Subcommittee, the Guideline is based on a review of the current scientific evidence and expert consensus on best practices for the evaluation and management of Canadian athletes who sustain a concussion during a sport activity.

This Guideline addresses 7 key areas:

  1. Pre-season education
  2. Head injury recognition
  3. Onsite medical assessment
  4. Medical assessment
  5. Concussion management
  6. Multidisciplinary concussion care
  7. Return to sport

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, this Guideline is an important part of the Parachute-led Concussion Protocol Harmonization Project and creates the foundation for a more consistent approach to concussion across the country.

Who should use this Guideline?

This Guideline is intended for use by all stakeholders who interact with athletes inside and outside the context of school and non-school based organized sports activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals.

Download the Guideline

The Guideline is free to download and use. Below are links to view or download the Guideline as a whole or in sections. There are also links to the individual documents and tools.

Full Version

Complete Guideline


Documents and Tools


Apply the Guideline: Develop Your Protocol

These resources are free to download and use.

Other Concussion Resources

Other Concussion Guidance


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