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Concussions - Learn about this invisible brain injury

Concussion - An Invisible Brain Injury

A concussion can occur from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. It is a brain injury that causes changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that may include:

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  • Headache;

  • Dizziness;

  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering;

  • Depression or irritability; and

  • Drowsiness or difficulty falling asleep.

Source:  Adapted from the Ontario Concussion portal website

 

If a concussion is suspected, it is important to seek a diagnosis from a medical doctor or nurse practitioner – only a medical doctor or nurse practitioner can diagnose a concussion.

Concussion is most often associated with sports or children, and most resources are geared to these populations.  However anybody, child, adult or senior can be impacted by a concussion when they experience a blow to their head or body.  Outside of sport, a fall or a car crash are often the cause.

Prevention of concussion and head injury is most successful when guidelines are followed.  In sports, parents, coaches, trainers and athletes need to be properly educated and safety guidelines followed.

Keep in mind that protective equipment can only reduce the risk and severity of injuries to the face and skull, there is no concussion proof helmet.

Dr. Mike Evans - Concussions:

 

 

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