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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:

  • Preventative measures to reduce the risks of concussion
  • Concussion education
  • Head injury identification
  • Initial assessment
  • Medical assessment
  • Concussion management

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.