Football Canada Concussion Awareness

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way your child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.

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What are the symptoms and signs of concussion?

It is important to know that your child does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion. A variety of problems may happen after a concussion, including:

Thinking Problems

  • Does not know time, date, place, period of game, score of opposing team, score of game
  • general confusion
  • cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
  • knocked out

Athlete’s Complaints

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • feels dazed
  • feels “dinged” or stunned; “having my bell rung”
  • sees stars, flashing lights
  • ringing in the ears
  • sleepiness
  • loss of vision
  • sees double or blurry
  • stomach ache / stomach pain, nausea

Other Problems

  • poor coordination or balance
  • blank stare / glassy eyed
  • vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • slow to answer questions or follow directions
  • easily distracted
  • poor concentration
  • strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying. getting mad easily)
  • not playing as well

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What causes a concussion?

Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (i.e. a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground).

This post is also available in: French

This post is also available in: French