The Public Health Agency of Canada released the findings of an online survey to determine the level of knowledge residents in Ontario and other provinces have about concussion and its dangers. Authorities are concerned about the outcome. It indicated that about one half of all the respondents have little or no knowledge of the symptoms, prevention or available help when it comes to brain injuries.
Organizations that advocate for people who are living with the consequences of head trauma are working to create more awareness. They say brain injuries are typically associated with automobile accidents and sports-related injuries while these types of injuries are much more widespread than that. A spokesperson for the Ontario Brain Injury Association says lives are often changed in seconds when people suffer blows to their heads.
A concern that has been mentioned often in recent media reports involves repeated head injuries. A neurologist at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto says that more Canadians suffer brain injuries every year than the combined total of those affected by HIV/AIDS, MS, breast cancer and spinal cord injuries. She says many brain injuries go unreported because they seem mild, but even repeated mild brain injuries can have severe consequences.
When anyone in Ontario or elsewhere receives a blow to the head in a car accident, on the sports field or due to an assault, the consequences could be life-changing. Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, could cause cognitive problems that might resolve within days or weeks, but could last for months, and might even be permanent. It could prevent the victim from returning to work or school, and he or she may struggle to cope with normal activities and relationships.
The grandmother of an Ontario teenager is telling others the story of the traumatizing time her family is going through, hoping to create awareness. It involves the assault of her 14-year-old grandson in a brutal attack by two other youths. The teenager's injuries are reported not to be life-threatening, but he is expected to suffer the consequences of serious brain injuries.