The list is long of outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the winter, like skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and tobogganing, but we mustn’t forget to protect our heads.
Concussions, which are head traumas caused by the brain moving inside the skull, can be silent compared to other types of physical injuries, but they require proper treatment. It’s important we learn how to recognize
them because the minutes, hours and days following the brain injury can significantly influence the extent of damage and the time needed for recovery.
Children and youth have more to lose, as a new report
by BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit suggests children/youth:
- have a greater risk of concussion and more serious head injury than the general population
- take longer than adults to recover
- risk having permanent changes to the way a child/youth talks, walks, learns, works or interacts with others
- 40% of concussions that are seen in an emergency department occur in children and teens
Because of the contact nature of the game and the speed with which it is played, people who play hockey are at risk of getting concussions. Cattonline.com
provides up-to-date concussion education for hockey parents and coaches. It includes video lessons and resources to effectively prevent, recognize and manage a players recovery.
It’s time to take concussion awareness and prevention seriously. You’ve only got one brain; keep it concussion-free – protect your head!