Health Department raises concussion awareness with Rowan’s Law Day

Durham Region Health Department is encouraging the local sports community to prevent and recognize concussions in honour of Rowan’s Law Day on Sept. 26. Rowan was an athlete who tragically passed away after sustaining multiple concussions playing high school rugby.

Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. According to Health Department research, 40 per cent of head injuries in children 10 to 19-years old occur in sport.

“All concussions are serious, and can happen in any sport,” said Rosalie Saynor, a Region public health nurse. “It’s important for parents, coaches, athletes and educators to know the signs and symptoms, and that medical attention is required for proper diagnose. ”

Symptoms of a concussion can appear right away or hours after the initial injury occurs. After an injury, if a child experiences any of the following signs or symptoms, activity should be stopped, and the child should receive immediate treatment at a hospital emergency department or medical clinic: Confusion, dazed or stunned; Forgetful, slow to answer questions or mood changes
Clumsy, tired or lack of energy; Headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting; Sensitivity to light and noise; Loss of consciousness.

For more information on concussion recognition and prevention, visit durham.ca/concussions

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