A concussion is a brain injury that causes changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioural and/or related to sleep. A concussion can occur from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.
Though concussions are common sport injuries, particularly among children and adolescents, their sometimes subtle symptoms may go unnoticed. Without identification and proper management, a concussion has the potential to result in permanent or severe brain damage.
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Find resources and guidelines outlining safe practices to minimize the risk of injuries for children and youth during physical activity, including Ophea's Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.
Ontario is taking action to reduce concussions experienced by children and youth in organized sports and in school settings, by establishing the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee. It is chaired by Dr. Dan Cass, Vice President, Medical at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto and comprised of parents, medical experts, researchers and sport leaders.