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Concussion Awareness

The Concussion Awareness documents can be obtained by clicking the link below.

Concussion Awareness Link by Football Canada

TBMFA Protocol for Return to Play after a Head Injury

Graduated Return to Play Protocal by Sports Concussion Institute

 

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What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way your child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.
 
What are the symptoms and signs of concussion?
It is important to know that your child does not need to be knocked out (lose
consciousness) to have had a concussion. A variety of problems may happen after a
concussion, including:

 

Thinking Problems
Athletes Complaints
Other Problems
·   Does not know time, date, place, period of  game, score of opposing team, score of game
 
·   General confusion
 
·   Cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
 
·   Knocked out
 
·    Headache
 
·    Dizziness
 
·    Feels dazed
 
·    Feels dinged or stunned; having my bell rung
 
·    Sees stars, flashing lights
 
·    Ringing in the ears
 
·    Sleepiness
 
·    Loss of vision
 
·    Sees double or            blurry
 
·    Stomachache/stomach pain, nausea
 
·   Poor coordination or balance
 
·   Blank stare/glassy eyed
 
·   Vomiting
 
·   Slurred speech
 
·   Slow to answer questions or follow directions
 
·   Easily distracted
 
·   Poor concentration
 
·   Strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying, getting mad easily)
 
·   Not playing as well
 

 

What causes a concussion?
Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (i.e. a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground).