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Several agencies form group to teach parents about brain injuries

The risks Ontario youth face during participation in some sports activities have been the subject of many conversations among authorities and parents alike. The Concussion Orientation for Parents of Active Youth (COPAY) was recently established to create awareness and provide parents with the tools and knowledge they need to recognize concussions as brain injuries and know what steps to take when such injuries occur. It is vital that the correct decisions be made immediately after a child suffers a brain injury.

Too often, people will say: "Oh, it was only a concussion," not realizing that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It can result from a fall, a blow to the body or head, or any injury that causes the shaking of the brain, smashing it against the inside walls of the skull. The swelling around a sprained ankle is taken seriously because the swelling is noticeable, but nobody can see the swelling of the brain that could cause permanent damage.

Symptoms of brain injuries could include nausea, headache, blurry vision, cognitive problems, mood changes and sleep problems. These tell-tale signs are not always immediately evident and could develop over hours or days after an incident. The sooner a concussion or other brain injury is diagnosed and treated, the higher the chance of recovery. However, repeated episodes of concussion may cause irreversible damage.

Ontario parents of active children may want to keep a close eye on them during and immediately after they take part in sports activities. Coaches and school authorities are responsible for the safety of children while they partake in school-related activities. Any negligence on the part of these individuals may give the parents of a child who suffered brain injuries grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Experienced legal counsel can provide the necessary support and guidance during the pursuit of financial and emotional compensation.

Source: orangeville.com, "'A decision tree' for concussions: New group to arm Orangeville parents with important info about brain injuries", Chris Halliday, Dec. 29, 2017

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