By Sarah Tone, Communications Coordinator
Concussion Awareness Week was established to increase concussion awareness by providing information and encouraging action across Canada. Concussion Awareness Week is for everyone with a role in healthy active living – sport and recreation participants, parents, coaches, organizers, educators and more! This year, Concussion Awareness Week is taking place from September 26 to October 2, 2021.
Why Concussion Awareness Matters
Concussions are a serious public health issue affecting all Canadians. Early recognition of concussions, proper medical assessment, and appropriate management make a difference in recovery. Here are some simple ways you can make a difference, for yourself and others:
- Find out what you can do to prevent concussions in your sport or activity and know what to do if a concussion does happen. Don’t let the risk of getting a concussion keep you out of sport and physical activity.
- Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion to help you recognize when someone might have a concussion. Not all people will show the same signs and symptoms, and they can show up hours after the injury.
- Check for signs and symptoms any time there is a significant impact to the head, face, neck or body. It only takes one sign or symptom to suspect a concussion!
- Encourage everyone to speak up about how they are feeling. Tell a coach, parent, teacher or another trusted adult if you think you might have a concussion.
- Follow the gradual stages for return to school, work and sport after a concussion. Returning to activities too quickly can slow recovery and bring on long-lasting effects.
- Learn to stay well and get back to safe skills set to prevent injuries in returning to sport post-pandemic. Source various ways to take care of your mental health.
Concussion Awareness Workshop
presented by Sport Medicine and Science Council Manitoba
Wednesday, September 29
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Zoom (link will be shared with registered participants)
Free to attend.
Open to the public and geared towards athletes and their parents, coaches, and officials.
Click here to register: sportmed.mb.ca/concussions
Ready to learn more? Here are some great resources to boost your knowledge:
- Complete a free learning module through the Concussion Awareness Training Tool
- Complete the Coaching Association of Canada’s free NCCP Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series
- Download the free Concussion Ed app for information on the go
- Access SIRC’s concussion resources for the sport community
- Sport Manitoba Concussion FAQ + education + return to play guidelines
- Sport Manitoba Concussion Conversations: A multi-faceted conversation around concussions in sport featuring a variety of athletes
- Sport Manitoba concussion video series
If you suspect you have a concussion, the Sport Manitoba Clinic team will perform a comprehensive assessment if you have any of the following symptoms; dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity, headaches, fatigue, or the inability to return to sport, school or work. We will assess your symptoms and risk factors to work with you to create a management plan that aligns with a return to sport, school, or work plan. sportmanitoba.ca/clinic/services/concussion-care