Brain injuries, including concussions, are not a problem that only affect professional athletes. Children and youth involved in sport are more likely to suffer head injuries than any other group. More than 40 per cent of head injuries in children and youth aged 10-19 years treated in emergency departments are sustained during recreation and sport activities.

Here are some examples of how a concussion can happen. Click on each tab to see a different form of impact.

How a Concussion Occurs

The Active & Safe program provides resources to reduce the incidence and severity of a concussion, while creating the conditions for active and safer play throughout the Canadian sport system.

The project targets coaches, trainers, educators, health professionals, community leaders, parents and athletes. Our combined efforts will contribute to building capacity, engaging communities and their citizens, as well as educating and training those who deliver sport through activities that focus on concussion prevention and treatment.

Active and Safe is a collaboration among four partners:

Hockey Canada

Parachute Canada

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

Coaching Association of Canada

www.hockeycanada.ca/concussions

www.parachutecanada.org/active-and-safe

www.cces.ca/activeandsafe

www.coach.ca

Funding for this project has been made possible through a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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