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What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell run”, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks following the injury.
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• 75% of concussions occur when players do not have
possession of the puck.
• A small blow to the head can cause a concussion; it
does not take a big hit for a player to be concussed.
• If a player receives a second concussion while
recovering from another concussion, the risk of long
term damage greatly increases.
• Helmets and mouth guards alone do not prevent
concussions. A combination of equipment, safe play,
and proper hockey training will prevent concussions.
• Concussions occur at all levels of hockey to both
male and female players.
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