A concussion is a brain injury.
Concussions are caused when a bump, blow or jolt to the head forces the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions usually occur as when someone is travelling at a high speed and collides with an object or another person. A concussion can cause:
- memory loss
- and can affect school work, play and daily activities.
While many children recover from a concussion within a few weeks, others can take several months or longer to recover. Having one concussion makes a child more likely to have another one. Having two or more concussions may cause changes to memory, moods and even long-term disabilities.
Suspect your child has a concussion?
If you suspect that your child has a concussion, see your health care provider. Parachute has good information on concussion symptoms, when to seek medical help and recovery.
To learn more about concussions, treatment and recovery, visit:
- Concussion Clinic, Pan Am Clinic
- Sport Manitoba
- What parents can do to help prevent concussions