Concussions are considered the “invisible” injury since they do not show up on medical imaging tests such as x-rays or CT scans. They are also considered “invisible” because their effects are often misunderstood. The following resources are designed to help physicians, coaches, parents and athletes understand and navigate the sometimes difficult process of recovery from concussions.
A concussion is a brain injury. Any blow to the head, face, neck and/or body that causes a sudden shaking or jarring of the brain inside the skull may cause a concussion. This can result from any number of activities including a collision of heads in soccer, receiving a check in hockey, falling from a jungle gym, being in a motor vehicle collision or slipping on an icy sidewalk.
Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to: Effective July 1, 2019, ensure that athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, Coaches, Team Trainers and Team Officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources.