A concussion is a brain injury. It can’t be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It may affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts.
Any blow to the head, face or neck may cause a concussion. A concussion may also be caused by a blow to the body if the force of the blow causes the brain to move around inside the skull. A concussion can happen to anyone – anywhere.
There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion to look out for, including:
If you notice signs of a concussion in others, or experience any of these symptoms yourself, consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.
In some cases, concussions or repeat concussions can result in:
Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:
There are more and more resources being made available to players, parents and coaches about concussions. Please keep yourself aware of your child's health, and any changes you may see.
Rowan's Law: Concussion Awareness
Complete Concussion Management
Concussion Guidelines for Parents
Remember that a child with an injury needs medical treatment, rest, support, and guidance.
Just because we can't see the injury doesn't mean it's not there. Young athletes may need to be reminded that they don't need to "play through the pain".
As a parent you can help keep them on track with a Return to Play recovery plan that has been overseen by a medical professional - and help them STICK TO IT!
On Friday May 3, 2013, Rowan was playing in a high school rugby tournament and in the last game of the day, she was tackled and removed from that game complaining of a headache. She had a game after school the following Monday (May 6) and was feeling great and ready to play. During that game someone stepped on her head and the headache returned; however, she did not tell anyone of this return in symptoms. On Wednesday (May 8), she had yet another game, which would be her last. She was tackled to the field, which resulted in a loss of consciousness that she never recovered. Doctors tried to relieve the swelling in her brain but were unable to do so.