The Porcupine Health Unit is hosting Stay Ahead of the Game: A Concussion Educational Session on November 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The evening will feature one of Canada’s leading neurosurgeons and concussion expert, Dr. Charles Tator, to talk about the myths and misconceptions of concussions.
For a more personal story, Gordon and Kathleen Stringer, parents of Rowan Stringer and advocate for Rowan’s Law, will highlight their efforts to prevent and reduce concussion in sports.
This educational session is free of charge and open to parents, athletes, coaches, sports associations and schools.
Concussion prevention is everyone’s responsibility: it requires a lot of communication and compliance. Most sports organizations, schools and childcare facilities should have processes in place to prevent and deal with injuries including concussions. These processes should include the following topics:
As a parent of a student or athlete, you can ask the coach, principal or childcare worker to obtain a copy of the protocol in order to familiarize yourself with their approach.
Concussions are the most common form of brain injury.
Tips to decrease the risk concussion for your child.
After a person has suffered a concussion they may not be able to accurately assess their condition and they may think they are physically fit to return to the activity.
You do not need to be “knocked out” or to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Signs and symptoms could be immediate or they may be delayed and not show for a period of time.
It is important for children to inform an adult when they suspect a concussion. Here are some discussion points to reinforce with your children.