Football is here and hockey soon to follow. With any contact sport, there are risk of injuries, and concussions are just one type. A concussion is “a form of traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces (e.g. blow to head) that result in signs and symptoms that typically resolve within 1-4 weeks of injury.” (Parachute: Canadian Guidelines on Concussion in Sport)
The key factors are education and prevention (I.e. risk management, rule adherence, proper technique, etc.). This is even more important with respect to children. A non- profit safety and injury prevention organization called Parachute, has just come out with their guidelines on concussion in sport. It is for all stakeholders involved with the athletes from parents to coaches, and is based on current scientific evidence and expert consensus. I believe it is a must-read document for all stakeholders and provides the necessary guidelines and documentation for a safe return of the athlete. You can go to their website at http://www.parachutecanada.org/, and download the document. Be safe!
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