Head Safe Program offers Concussion Awareness

THUNDER BAY – Head Safe is a hands-on program from Scouts Canada and Hydro One aimed at educating families to prevent, identify and treat concussions.

Today, at the Lakehead University Agora, youth and parents got the opportunity to learn about how a concussion impacts a person, how to recognize the signs of a concussion, and what to do about a concussion.

Concussions represent more than one in five Ontario student injuries treated by a doctor or nurse; however, one in two Canadians have little or no knowledge of what a concussion is.

To increase awareness and prevention of head injuries among youth, Scouts Canada and Hydro One are presenting free Head Safe educational events in five Ontario communities this fall, including Thunder Bay. Head Safe is an initiative that provides youth in Canada – both Scouts and non-Scouts – and their families with resources to protect against, identify and respond to head injuries.

Through hands-on instruction and interactive activities including a concussion simulation obstacle course, Ontario youth will gain the knowledge and tools to prevent head injuries, recognize the early signs of a concussion, and respond to head injuries responsibly by following the return to play protocol.