Head Injury and Concussion Awareness

University Recreation requires that its participants have an awareness and knowledge of the risks associated with head injuries and concussions. It is the role of the whole UREC Program; including all of its professional staff, student staff, and participants to serve an active role in concussion prevention, recognition and treatment.

There are trained University Recreation staff present at many events that head injury/concussions can be reported to and can provide recommendations. Although none of these parties have the authority to diagnose a concussion, all have the authority to withhold participants suspected of a concussion or other injury from participation, refer to advanced medical care, or call for emergency care.

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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury altering brain functions typically for a temporary amount of time.  A concussion can occur from any hit to the body or head. It typically occurs when a forceful blow results in rapid head movement resulting in brain function alterations. If anyone is suspected of sustaining a head injury/concussion, activity should be stopped and medical treatment should be pursued.

Signs and symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of a concussion can occur immediately or hours later, and can include the following:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheaded
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dazed, glazed appearance
  • Lack of coordination or balance
  • Feeling of being in a fog
  • Emotional changes (e.g. both happy and sad)
  • Amnesia (memory loss either after the event and/or prior to the event)
  • Slowed response time (verbal or physical)
  • Disorientation, confusion
  • Altered vision (e.g. blurry vision or double vision)
  • Dilated or unequal pupils
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Auditory changes (e.g. sensitivity to sound, ringing in the ears)
  • Difficulty concentrating, recalling information

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Medical assistance:

Locations in the area around LSSU for advanced medical assistance are as follows:

  • LSSU Health Care Center, 621 W Easterday Ave, (906) 635-2110, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
  • WAR Memorial Hospital, 500 Osborn Blvd , (906) 635-4460, 24-hours
  • Community Care Clinic, 509 Osborn Blvd # 160, (906) 635-4401, Monday-Sunday 9am-8:30pm