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What are the signs of a concussion?

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A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions happen when someone receives a blow to the head and/or the brain is shaken excessively. Symptoms of concussion may include:

  • headache or a feeling of pressure in the head;
  • temporary loss of consciousness;
  • confusion or feeling of “brain fog”;
  • amnesia surrounding the traumatic event;
  • dizziness or “seeing stars”;
  • ringing in the ears;
  • nausea;
  • vomit.

Concussion in kids is a serious event and must be treated with the utmost care, seeking a medical professional’s advice immediately.

Sports related concussions

Sports related concussions in kids are quite common. All sports carry a certain amount of risk, but some of them present greater risks, including:

  • Mountain biking
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rollerblading
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Snowboarding

Nothing can prevent a concussion, but wearing the correct safety gear helps protect against severe head trauma. Repeated concussions in kids can lead to lasting brain damage. In addition to wearing the correct equipment, awareness of symptoms and aftercare is very important.