Protecting Student Athletes
McGuinty Government Launches New Concussion Strategy
Ontario is taking strong action to address concussions inside and outside of the classroom
New legislation, to be introduced later today, would help protect students engaging in school sports and health and physical education classes from the potentially serious, long-term and harmful effects of concussions. It would also ensure that students who sustain concussions are not returning to play or learn too soon, risking further complications.
The Education Amendment Act (Concussions), 2012 is part of a new concussion strategy that will:
- provide resources to parents, teachers and school staff about the seriousness of concussions
- build awareness beyond schools about the dangers of concussions and how they should be managed
- establish a committee to provide advice on concussion prevention, identification and management in schools and to study how evidence-based resources can be best used.
Creating safer schools is part of the McGuinty government's plan to support student success while securing a brighter future for all Ontarians.
- Ontario is the first province in Canada to introduce comprehensive legislation on concussions in schools.
- Since 2003-04, emergency room visits for concussions have increased by 58 per cent.
- In 2010-11, 19,880 Ontario residents visited an emergency room for a concussion, with children accounting for nearly 38 per cent of those visits.
- Concussion symptoms can appear right away or several hours after an incident and can last from days to months.
“Everyone - students, parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers - has a role to play to help prevent and manage concussions. To ensure our students succeed, we all need to be aware of how to prevent and identify a possible concussion.”
“As a brain surgeon who sees many school kids and youths with concussions and other brain injuries in my practice, I am very proud that the government of my province will be the first in Canada to introduce legislation designed to improve the recognition and management of concussions in schools. This legislation would help to prevent some concussions from happening, and would also improve the management of those who have had a concussion.”
Charles H. Tator