Prevent Concussions and Take Care of that Awesome Brain!

It’s Safe Kids Week and this year’s focus is on concussions in children.  There has been some much needed attention to brain injuries recently because of Sydney Crosby’s concussions. I’m glad to see that he has recovered, but not without many struggles. His experience has actually helped me become more educated on concussions and a better trainer for my daughter’s hockey team.

Concussions are very worrisome, because you can’t see them! You don’t see the swelling or the bruising… and kids have a hard time describing their symptoms. It can be simply an “I feel weird”.

There was more than one concussion on my daughter’s team this year, and the girls that suffered the head injuries wanted to return to hockey immediately. They loved the sport and wanted to return full force. However, as adults in their lives, we need to be cautious and follow the return to play guidelines. A second brain injury when the 1st one has not fully healed can be disastrous and prolong the recovery. This will not only affect their activities but their learning abilities and school work.

Concussions – or more simply put, brain injuries – can happen not only in hockey, but from getting a ball to the head in soccer or simply falling off a swing. Dr. Mike Evans has a great video for kids to help them understand why concussions need to be taken seriously.  Sit down and watch it together… “your brain is everything you have”.

So the next time your child has a head injury, err on the side of caution. Kids will get over missing a few weeks of their activity. They only have one brain.

Read Cynthia’s Bio

For more info on concussions or safe kids week, or to share your experience, there are many ways you can talk to one of us directly:

  • Leave us a comment below – we’d love your feedback
  • Talk to us on Twitter: @haltonparents
  • Email us at haltonparents@halton.ca
  • Call the HaltonParents line for parenting information or to speak directly to a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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4 Responses to Prevent Concussions and Take Care of that Awesome Brain!

  1. Check out the use of Essential Oils to restore, maintain and enhance brain function as well as the use of Osteopathy and Acupuncture. The brain is a powerful tool when used correctly and taken care of in a holistic way. I also highly recommend trauma release types of modalities as well as regular meditation to keep the brain working optimally and especially after injury or trauma.

    I agree that taking time off from school and sports to rest and rehabilitate is worth it in the long run for optimal health and well being.

    Michelle LeRoy
    Energy Medicine Practitioner
    Young Living Essential Oils Distributor
    Cornerstone Health Centre – 6 Guelph St. Georgetown
    905-702-1944

  2. Thanks for your suggestions Michelle! It’s true, we really do need to take care of our brains!
    Maureen on behalf of HaltonParents

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