Can concussions be prevented?
Generally speaking, a concussion occurs
when the brain is subject to stress, usually
due to the brain bumping up against the
skull. A head injury of this kind can result
in memory loss, dizziness and headaches.
Repeated concussions can cause
permanent memory loss, loss of brain
function and personality change. There are
ways to reduce the risk of concussion and its
effects. Here are a few suggestions:
- Always wear protective equipment when partaking
in sports, such as hockey. Although equipment will not
necessarily prevent a concussion, proper helmets and
mouthguards can reduce severity of injury.
- Practise good sportsmanship.
changing rules to
reduce the risk of head injuries.
- Play smart. Be aware of where the other players are on the
ice. Do not skate close to the boards. Face the other
- When accidents do happen, concussions can be severe.
It is important to understand that receiving a second blow
to the head before the first injury is fully healed can be
fatal, even if the second injury seems minor.
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Read the September / October 2012 issue of Wave