6 things you should know about youth concussion
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By the Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre

Playing sports can positively affect the physical, mental and social development of youth. That’s why it’s so important to help kids get back to doing what they need, want and love to do should they sustain a concussion. So what do you need to know as a parent, player or coach?

Let’s start with what a concussion is. A concussion is a brain injury that can affect how your brain works. Concussions may happen because of a hit to the head, face, neck or somewhere else on the body. When a hit takes place, the brain moves back and forth inside the skull. If it moves hard enough, the brain can become injured. This injury can make your brain and body work and feel different.

Did you know that you can have a concussion without losing consciousness? Or that a child’s brain reacts differently to concussions than an adult’s?

Here are six things that you should know about youth concussion:

Everyone’s concussion experience is different and not everyone reacts the same way. For some people, concussions heal quickly, and for others, the road to recovery is longer. It’s hard to predict how long a concussion will last, but knowing what to look for is a key first step. The infographic below provides a great overview of some of the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

To learn more about concussions and how to appropriate manage your child’s concussion, check out Concussion & You: A Handbook for Parents and Kids attached above, or by visiting our website

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The Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the first in the world dedicated exclusively to pediatric concussion. The Centre includes clinicians specifically trained in pediatric brain injury and researchers who are leading experts in the field of youth concussion care, research and education. The Concussion Centre is focused on getting kids back to doing what they need, want and love to do after sustaining a concussion. To learn more, visit

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