Concussions highlighted during Brain Injury Awareness Month

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A Concussion is a Brain Injury. That is a fact.   

AND, that fact is at the centre of a new poster, distributed  by the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association, for Brain Injury Awareness Month, urging the public to get all the facts about concussion. This includes the symptoms, and best practices to follow when an incident occurs.   

The poster is being distributed to schools, sports organizations, and recreational facilities throughout the province.   

Brain injuries are preventable, yet…

Annually there are:  

• Over 4,700 brain injuries involving Canadian soccer players aged five to 19;

• Close to 20,000 child and youth concussions in Canadian junior hockey;

Another sobering fact: A single concussion doubles the odds of subsequent brain injuries and this risk increases with more concussions.  

Concussions have been making news headlines for years, yet the incidence of concussion remains high. Athletes continue to not report concussions in order to keep playing.

Katie Miyazaki, a collegiate level athlete, talks about her fifth concussion last year. "As an athlete, you just want to keep playing. I know because that's all I wanted to do even when I was pretty sure I had been concussed in a game. Looking back, I think about how dumb that decision was; and now I can't play football anymore, the only thing I wanted to do, then."

This is why the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association is working to raise Brain Awareness, and urging those involved in sport to Take Brain Injury Out of Play!  

Take Brain Injury Out of Play is a prevention program aimed at all levels of athletes, coaches, and parents to raise awareness about brain injuries like concussions. A recent study by Dr. Gordon Bloom (2011) at McGill University indicated that two key factors behind serious and/or repeated concussions are: 1) lack of awareness and, 2) lack of respect during play.  Take Brain Injury Out of Play directly addresses those issues by asking players and leaders to make a conscious and public choice to address the issue through the signing of a pledge to take brain injury out of their own play.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association

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