A concussion is a brain injury that can cause brain damage or disability—Temporary or Permanent changes in the way the brain works.

Signs and symptoms of concussions

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Trouble walking 
  • Confusion 
  • Saying things that do not make sense 
  • Slurred speech
  • Unresponsiveness (You cannot wake the person)
  • Some symptoms may only show up 24 to 72 hours after the injury
  • If you think someone has a concussion , go to your community health centre or contact emergency services right away.

Ways to Reduce the chance of Concussions

  • When playing sports, wear the recommended equipment and follow the instructions.
  • Helmets are recommended for these activities:
    • Playing high impact sports, such as hockey
    • Driving or riding a snowmobile or ATV
    • Riding a bicycle
  • In a car or truck, it is safest for everyone to wear a seatbelt.
  • Watch young children around places they could fall, such as the playground.
  • If young children live with you  or visit: Consider placing a gate at the top and bottom of the stairs, if your home has them.
  • Cyclists can wear reflective clothing and arm bands or add blinkers/lights to their bike so they can be seen better in the dark.

Helmet Safety Tips

Helmets can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by 80%!

It is recommended that children and adults wear properly fitted and secure helmets. whether riding a bicycle, ATV, or snowmobile.

To make sure a helmet fits right, use the 2V1 rule.

  • The helmet sits 2 fingers abover your eyebrows
  • The straps forma V under your ears
  • 1 finger can fit between the strap and chin