Stay “a head” of the game and learn about concussions

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

A concussion is a brain injury that causes changes in the way the brain functions. This can lead to symptoms that can be physical (e.g. headache, dizziness), cognitive (e.g. difficulty in concentrating or remembering), emotional/behavioural (e.g. depression, irritability), and/or related to sleep (e.g. drowsiness, difficulty in falling asleep).

A concussion may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, or neck or by a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head that causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull.

Tips to help your child prevent a concussion:

  • Encourage your child to play fair and engage in fair play, within the rules, and within his or her abilities.
  • Encourage your child to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Reinforce wearing the right gear for the right sport, and ensure that equipment fits well and is in good condition.
  • Helmets are important and very effective in preventing skull fractures, brain contusions, lacerations, and blood clots in and around the brain.