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
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • 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.

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