Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury that causes changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioural and/or related to sleep.  A concussion can occur from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.

Though concussions are common sport injuries, particularly among children and adolescents, their sometimes subtle symptoms may go unnoticed. Without identification and proper management, a concussion has the potential to result in permanent or severe brain damage.

Learn more about various aspects of concussions, including information on:

  • Prevention
  • Identification
  • Management and treatment.

Find resources and guidelines outlining safe practices to minimize the risk of injuries for children and youth during physical activity, including Ophea's Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Concussion Guidelines (PDF 514 KB)