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The weather is getting warmer and that means your children will be spending a lot more time outdoors. Whether out playing with friends, biking or participating in organized sport, you can almost guarantee your children will be out and active this spring and summer!

While spending time outside – being social, active and breathing in fresh air – is great for our children’s health and well-being, a lot of outdoor activities have an increased risk of injury.

One of the most common injuries associated with outdoor activities such as sports and biking are concussions.

A concussion can be a mild traumatic brain injury that sometimes occurs when an individual has taken a blow to the head. In recent years, concussions among Canadian youth have increased dramatically. According to a 2016 report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there was a 78% increase in emergency room visits among children aged 0 to 9, and a 45% increase among children aged 10 to 17.

Whether getting hit in the head during a sport-related activity, or simply falling off of a bike and making contact with the pavement, a concussion can occur. Even if your child has not lost consciousness as a result of the injury, they could still very well be suffering from a concussion.

Common Symptoms of Concussion

Some of the most common signs of a concussion to watch for include:

  • Headache
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in ears
  • Fatigue

While most concussions are mild, the recovery process of some concussions can be gruelling.
According to Steven Flanagan, co-director of the Concussion Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, about 10-20 per cent of individuals who have a concussion experience chronic symptoms that can last for multiple weeks and even months. These lasting effects can impact your child’s ability to participate in sports and attend school. While a concussion is a physical injury, these long-term effects can also take a toll on a child’s emotional well-being.

Diagnosing a Concussion

While diagnosing concussions used to be difficult, and the impacts of such mild traumatic brain injuries weren’t well known, recent advancements in research and technology have led to a greater understanding of the condition. London’s own Western University has even developed a concussion blood test that has a reported 90 per cent accuracy rate of diagnosing concussions in patients. Today, doctors understand that heavy hits to the head, and even a series of small head impacts can cause concussions, and that concussions can alter an individual’s life dramatically.

Next Steps

If you believe your child is suffering from a concussion, the first thing you should do is take him/her to a doctor. The doctor will be able to complete an examination to determine if your child is suffering from a concussion.

If you believe that your child’s injury is the result of another individual or organization’s negligence, your child may be entitled to compensation. The experienced lawyers at Harrison Pensa understand how straining an injury can be for both the victim and their loved ones. Our team of professionals work with you every step of the way to ensure the legal process goes as smoothly as possible.

For more information or to speak with a personal injury lawyer today, contact our office by phone at 1-855- 744-9228 or by email at
personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com.

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