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Concussions

We can help you to:

  • Increase your knowledge of the signs and symptoms of concussions.
  • Involve sports associations by developing and implementing a concussion identification and management plans.

What is a concussion?

The best way to prevent concussions and brain injuries is to have knowledgeable family, friends, teammates, coaches, and colleagues. Everyone involved should know the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when a concussion is suspected, as well as, when it is safe to return to activity.

A concussion is a common form of head and brain injury, and can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body, such as a hit occurring in a car crash or sports injury. When a person suffers a concussion, the brain suddenly shifts or shakes inside the skull and knocks against the skull’s bony surface. With a concussion there is no visible injury to the structure of the brain, meaning that tests like a MRI or CT scan usually appear normal. However, a concussion can cause a variety of symptoms and can affect the way a person thinks, feels, and remembers things.

What can you do?

  • Familiarize yourself and your loved ones with the signs and symptoms of concussions. Keep in mind that signs and symptoms vary widely.
  • Have open and frank discussion with your children about concussions and the urgency of reporting them.
  • Talk to the coach and find out about a concussion identification and management protocol. If the coach doesn’t know, approach the sports association and suggest developing a protocol