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Coping with brain injuries can be a significant challenge

Concussions Ontario says the number of diagnosed concussions across the province in 2013 was 148,710. The group says concussions are the most frequently occurring traumatic brain injuries, and the symptoms can vary significantly. Some victims experience mostly cognitive symptoms that affect thinking and memory, while others struggle with balance, vertigo and other physical symptoms. Emotional issues are also common, and brain injury victims often suffer depression, irritability and anxiety.

Brain injuries: Do helmets and mouthguards prevent concussion?

Concussion risks for hockey players have been points of concern and multiple discussions and awareness campaigns in Ontario in recent months. Many players do not realize that concussion are brain injuries, and repeated incidents can cause permanent brain damage. Too much confidence is often put in protection such as helmets and mouthguards.

A mindset change might prevent brain injuries in hockey

An ice hockey coach, who has been involved in coaching for over 20 years, endeavours to change people's mindset toward injury prevention instead of changing the game. His coaching included all age groups and categories, from the youngest players to varsity and professional levels. He says coaches nationwide, including Ontario, have enormous influence on both players and parents. For this reason, he suggests that coaches are the ideal messengers of safer practices on sports fields in their quest to prevent brain injuries.

Bike helmets can limit the severity of brain injuries in children

In Ontario, all bicycle riders under the age of 18 have to wear protective helmets while cycling. Although helmets cannot prevent brain injuries altogether, they will limit the severity of head injuries. However, parents need to note that a bike helmet must be replaced after a fall as they are designed to withstand only one impact during a crash.

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