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Concussions and Minor Sports in Niagara

Concussions don't just affect professional athletes. They are particularly common among children and youth involved in sports.

In Niagara, most emergency room visits for concussions are in 10-19 year olds.

Facts about Concussions

  • More than 50 per cent of brain injuries in youth are caused by participation in sports
  • The young brain - especially the adolescent brain - is most susceptible to concussion and takes longer to recover (compared to adults)
  • Young athletes who have ever had a concussion are at increased risk for another concussion
  • Children and youth are six times more likely to experience a concussion in organized sports than other leisure physical activities
  • A concussion can have a significant impact on one's physical and mental health
Concussion poster: Is your team concussion safe? Be ahead of the game

While a concussion can occur in any sport, rates are highest in contact and collision team sports, such as:

  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Ringette

Take Action to Protect Young Athletes

It's important for everyone involved in child and youth sports (e.g., players, parents, coaches, trainers/team officials) to be aware of the signs/symptoms of concussion, and to know what to do if a concussion is suspected. Without identification and proper management, a concussion can result in permanent brain damage and in rare occasions, even death.

Learn more about concussions.

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