WHAT IS A CONCUSSION, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE FACTS?, News (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE FACTS?
Submitted By KKobold on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. It is easy to imagine that a concussion results when someone is knocked unconscious while playing sports, but the fact is that concussions can happen with any head injury -- often without a loss of consciousness.

WHAT IS BASELINE TESTING?
Baseline testing is a series of physical and cognitive assessments performed on an athlete prior to suspicion of a concussion in order to recognize any deviation or abnormality from athlete’s presumed healthy brain function. In so testing an athlete, some feel that these may provide a healthcare professional with an objective benchmark (i.e., a "baseline") to compare against, should the athlete sustain a possible concussion. Because outwardly obvious symptoms of concussion will often dissipate days to weeks before the brain has recovered, the purpose of baseline testing is to provide superior evidence to healthcare professionals so that safer return-to-play decisions can be made.

 

There are many Stouffville-area centres at which a baseline test can be performed on your child. Some of them may even be covered by private health benefits. While baseline testing is not mandatory, the WSMHA feels that any steps you can take to help protect your child are of benefit.

 

HOW TO RECOGNIZE POSSIBLE CONCUSSION

A forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that results in a rapid movement to the head might result in a concussion. Observers should be alert for any change in the athlete’s behaviour, thinking, or physical functioning.

 

WHAT TO DO IF A CONCUSSION IS SUSPECTED

Ensure the athlete stops playing or practising immediately. The affected athlete should be examined by a doctor before returning to practice or play.

 

REDUCING THE RISK OF CONCUSSION

To reduce the risk of concussion, athletes should ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the mandated safety regulations of the sport. As well, athletes (and their trainers) should ensure all protective equipment is properly fit and in good repair. Finally, parents and coaches alike should encourage athletes to practise good sportsmanship at all times, with a view to maintaining personal safety and the safety of other players -- including those of opposing teams.

This article has been viewed 1925 times.
Category Sites
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association on Twitter
- and -
Visit Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association on Facebook
Quick Links
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 14
    Dec
    Organization
    Santa will be visiting Saturday, December 16 from 8am-12pm. Treats and hot chocolate will be served. **Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be given to the Toy Mountain foundation. Let's give the less fortunate children a great ...
  • 14
    Dec
    Organization
    There will be an Initiation Program Jamboree on Saturday, December 16. The Jamboree will consist of 3 mini games followed by a visit with Santa, treats and medals. Hassard division:  7:15am Acton division:  9:15am May division:  ...
  • 07
    Dec
    Organization
    Congratulations to the Bantam RS team for winning the 2017 Bradford blue and gold tournament.
  • 04
    Dec
    Organization
    The Stouffville Clippers Midget AA Team defeated the Markham Waxers 3-0 at the Centennial Arena Saturday night to cap off a very successful two month period.  Not only did the win propel the Clippers into 1st place in the York-Simcoe Midget AA loop, ...
  • 23
    Nov
    Organization
    Please help us in our Goal of Assisting the Salvation Army Food Bank. The Clipper's Tyke MD team will be collecting Non Perishable food items in the arena lobby entrance at their next three home games.
  • 20
    Nov
    Organization
    Congratulations to the Stouffville Clippers Peewee AE team on their tournament championship this past weekend in St. Thomas.
  • 14
    Nov
    Organization
    The Stouffville Clippers Major Peewee AA team captured the "Mississauga Blackhawks Hockey Tournament" this past weekend. The team started the tournament with a tough 2-1 victory over the West Mall Lightning, behind the stellar goaltending of Jacob ...
  • 08
    Nov
    Organization
    Looking for a night out while supporting a great cause? Well, you’re in luck… It’s Fundraiser season! Every year many of our Rep teams hold Fundraisers around town to help offset some of the cost incurred by the families for the hockey season. Below ...
Printed from wsmha.com on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM