A fascinating blog article was published by Neuro-connect.ca regarding the importance of educating children about brain injuries in school. According to this article many parents and teachers do not believe children sustain brain injuries at school often, therefore it is not something that needs to be discussed with students. In particular, this article suggests a common response from parents and teachers on this topic is, brain injuries dont happen in our school or brain injuries are uncommon.
It is essential that we educate children on the causes and outcomes of a brain injury, especially if we consider the following important factors as outlined by the Ontario Brain Injury Association;
Brain injury can often be an invisible disability
80-100% of people with brain injuries have some type of communication disorder
1 in 5 sports related injuries are head injuries
18,000 people will get a head injury this year
Awareness and education is important when discussing brain injuries. If we educate children on the causes and signs of concussions, they will be better able to recognize and communicate if an issue arises. Below are the signs Neuro-connect.ca outlines as what to watch out for if you suspect a concussion;
Concussions are serious and they need to be treated as such. If a concussion is not addressed immediately, it can have serious repercussions for a child. Please ensure you are educating your children on concussions and brain injury to ensure they are aware of their severity.