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Concussions - Learn about this invisible brain injury

What is a Concussion?

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.

Prevention of concussion and head injury is most successful when parents, coaches, trainers and athletes are properly educated and safety guidelines are 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.

Videos 

Dr Evans: Concussion Management and Return to Learn  (10:02)

Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game- an Athlete’s Story (2:00)

Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game-a Mother’s Story (1:43)

Links to Concussion Resources

 

For Parents

For Educators

For Coaches and Athletes

 

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