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Concussions - 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:

  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering;
  • Depression or irritability; and
  • Drowsiness or difficulty falling asleep.
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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.  

The health unit works in partnership with local community organizations and institutions in an effort to prevent head injuries in our communities.

We:

  • Work with school boards & sports organizations to create concussion policies and procedures.
  • Provide access to research and resources for community stakeholders.
  • Advocate for policy change that will reduce concussions.
  • Highlight the importance of assessing head injury across the lifespan, and beyond sports.

What Matters to Your Health

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 collision 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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For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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