This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. Westmead Children’s Hospital have developed a new Children and Concussion website, it has some valuable information for parents, teachers and sports coaches. http://kidshealth.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/concussion
A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by sudden strong movement of the brain against the skull. This is caused by a collision with another person or object.
- Sport related concussion rates in children have risen by 60% in the past decade.
- Every week six children are seen with a concussion at the hospital’s Emergency Department.
- For every one concussion seen there are 15 or more children whose injury goes unrecognised or untreated.
- Only one in ten children with a concussion will lose consciousness so it is important to be on the lookout for warning signs which could appear immediately after a bump to the head or body, or over the following hours and days.