Concussion Awareness

The Public Health Agency in Canada reports that more than 40 per cent of brain injuries in children and youth ages 10 to 19 years who visit emergency departments occur in sport and recreation activities.

Our Let's Play Safe campaign raises awareness about concussion risks, signs and symptoms, prevention tips, etc. Please review resources, or contact Monica Sulej, at to request free copies be sent to you:

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. It can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body. A concussion is difficult to diagnose as a brain scan cannot determine if a concussion exists, but ignoring a concussion can have serious negative effects.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

Any individuals who display any one of the following symptoms, where a concussion is suspected, should consult a physician!

Individual complains of...

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • feeling dazed
  • seeing stars or flashing lights
  • ringing in the ears
  • sleepiness
  • loss of vision
  • double or blurry vision
  • stomach ache
  • sensitivity to light or noise

Observation of an individual...

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

Thinking problems...

  • does not know the time, date, place, own name or type of activity playing in
  • general confusion
  • cannot remember things that happened before or after the injury