I’m sure many of us know someone who has suffered a concussion, or been unfortunate enough to experience one personally. I know several of my friends have been diagnosed with a concussion in the last few months alone.
Concussions don’t just happen in major car crashes and extreme hockey hits. A concussion is any blow to the body or head that causes the brain to move around inside the skull. This could be caused by a seemingly minor fall or hit, even where you don’t lose consciousness at all.
There are several red flag symptoms to watch for if you suspect a concussion. If you see any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Red flag symptoms of concussion
- Neck pain
- Increased confusion or irritability
- Repeated vomiting
- Seizure or convulsion
- Weakness in arms/legs
- Tingling or burning in arms/legs
- Deteriorating consciousness
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe or increasing headache
- Unusual behaviour change
- Double vision
If you or your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, physical and mental rest are important in making a full recovery. Parachute Canada has made learning about concussions and tracking healing easy with their new app, Concussion Ed.
Why download a concussion app?
Parachute Canada cautions:
the real dangers of most concussions occur when the injury is not recognized or is managed incorrectly. Returning to activities too early can put a child at increased risk for future concussions and serious complications.
The Concussion Ed app is designed to provide easy-to-follow information geared towards parents, youth, and educators. Concussion Ed can be used for anyone caring for a child who is suspected of having or recovering from a concussion. This app provides a format to share information with your health care provider to ensure the best care and recovery.
Concussion Ed features
- Ways to prevent concussions
- Recognize a concussion
- Manage symptoms after a concussion
- Track your recovery
- Concussions do not always include a loss of consciousness.
- Helmets do not protect against concussions, but do protect from skull fractures.
- A hit to the body can cause a concussion, even if the head was not hit.
- The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be delayed up to weeks post injury.
About Natasha Thorne
After many years in southern B.C., Natasha was drawn back to her hometown of Prince George in 2006 by the lure of extended family, sub-boreal forests, and raising her babes exploring the backwoods of her own childhood. Whether nose in a book or in real life, Natasha is an aspiring world traveller planning overseas vacations so she and her husband can give their two children a wider perspective of living in today's global community. As the full time Regional Nursing Lead for Injury Prevention for Northern Health, Natasha is committed to the north and is passionate about supporting the health and well-being of northerners.