A concussion is a common form of head and brain injury, and can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body (for example, a car crash, fall or sport injury). This causes a change in brain function, which results in a variety of symptoms. With a concussion there is no visible injury to the structure of the brain, meaning that tests like MRI or CT scans usually appear normal.

Statistics

  • From 2006-2008 in Alberta there were on average 2,227 hospital admissions each year with a traumatic head injury.
  • Males had twice as many head injury hospital admissions as females.
  • Males accounted for 70% of the admissions with an average of 1,565 admissions each year.
  • Falls were the leading cause of traumatic head injuries and accounted for 40% of the admissions with an average of 892 admissions each year.
    • For males, falls accounted for 35% of the head injury admissions with an average of 555 admissions each year.
    • For females, falls accounted for 50% of the head injury admissions with an average of 337 admissions each year.
  • Motor vehicle collisions were the second leading cause of head injury admissions and accounted for 27% with an average of 602 admissions each year.
    • For males, motor vehicle collisions accounted for 26% of the head injury admissions with an average of 425 admissions each year.
    • For females, motor vehicle collisions accounted for 27% of the head injury admissions with an average of 177 admissions each year.

Prevention Messages

  • Prevent falls in babies, young children and seniors.
  • Prevent motor-vehicle collisions and use occupant restraints.
  • Protect your head - correctly wear the right helmet for your sport.
  • Engage in fair play and conduct in sports.

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