Despite the use of imaging technology like CT scans and MRIs, mild traumatic brain injuries are difficult to diagnose. June is Brain Injury Awareness month, where nationwide we strive to improve the quality of life for all Canadians affected and promote the prevention of brain injuries.
Summer is around the corner and that means sports season is in full swing. Concussions are an unfortunate occurrence when playing sports at a high velocity, so it is imperative to understand what to look out for to protect yourself, your friends and your family.
Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. For example, in the first few minutes your child or teen might be a little confused or a bit dazed, but an hour later your child might not be able to remember how he or she got hurt.
Watch out for these signs:
- Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
- Appears dazed or stunned.
- Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
- Moves clumsily.
- Answers questions slowly.
- Loses consciousness (even briefly).
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
Check out this free online tool now available as a resource for up-to-date educational training on the recognition, management and prevention of concussions. In less than half an hour, coaches, parents and athletes can be ready for the impact a concussion can have on children and youth.
When you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury, you need to focus on healing. Let our experienced team at Graves and Richard Professional Corporation, Personal Injury Lawyers look after the rest.
Contact our St. Catharines office at 905-641-2020 to schedule a free one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss how we can help you.