A new study suggests concussion rates in Ontario are higher than previously suspected. The study estimates an average of 1.2 per cent of the province’s population was diagnosed with a concussion every year between 2008 and 2016. Researchers from the University Health Network say that figure is at least twice as high as what previous research led them to expect. The study co-authors say the spike isn’t caused by an increase in head injuries, but rather in growing awareness of concussion symptoms and the importance of seeking treatment.
The Ontario government recently launched a large advertising blitz for concussion awareness (see the video below). Last year Rowan’s Law was passed. That law established protocols for players to ensure they are taken out of a game if they are suspected of having a concussion. It also included a code of conduct that set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sports.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo credit: Ontario government via YouTube screenshot