The first thing you need to know is that concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Do not let the word “mild” fool you; nothing about any brain injury is “mild”.
Although motor vehicle accidents and falls are the two main causes of mTBI, sports-related injuries must not be overlooked. Athletes may be told “it’s just a concussion”, without fully understanding that a concussion is an mTBI and must be taken seriously.
As reported in the Windsor Star, Canadian teenagers between the ages of 12-19 report about 30,000 concussions annually – 60% of which are sports-related. That is roughly 18,000 sports-related mTBIs annually in Canada, not including those that are never reported or those suffered by people outside this age range.
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