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Concussions matter!

After much anticipation and preparation, the 2015 Canada Winter Games have arrived! The health of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators has taken a large amount of coordination and effort from all health care providers!

In a recent interview, Dr. Janet Ames, the chief medical officer of the Canada Winter Games, identified concussions as one of the biggest health concerns during the Games. She highlights that concussions are especially dangerous to a young brain and it is important that they are treated and managed appropriately before returning to competition, which can be a challenge.

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Children and youth are at the greatest risk of having a concussion and take longer to recover. Further, concussion can permanently change the way a child or youth talks, walks, learns, works, and interacts with others. So how do we encourage our children to stay active, grow, develop and play while minimizing these risks?

It is important for parents, coaches, educators and players to understand how to prevent, recognize and manage concussions! Concussions matter and this week, to support this learning, Northern Health is encouraging players, parents and coaches to take the free online concussion training course developed by the British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit.

Visit our Facebook Page for your chance to win a prize for completing this valuable training!


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