Staying Safe while Active

Being active is one of the best things you can do for fun and for your health. Getting injured while being active is no fun and can put you on the sidelines for a while.

This section will help you:

  • Learn more about helmets
  • Learn about concussions
  • Get help if you think you have had a concussion

Helmets

Did you know that some players in the NHL were still not wearing helmets in 1997? It took over 30 years after the league recommended helmets for all players to follow. Curb the trend in your sport and wear a helmet for:

  • skateboarding
  • rollerblading
  • biking
  • sledding
  • skating
  • skiing and snowboarding
 How to fit a bike helmet

 Wearing a bike helmet

Put the helmet on the head so it is level and so it is not tilting backwards or forwards. Then check the following:

  • Two fingers distance from helmet to eyebrow.
  • V-shape straps around each ear.
  • One finger between chin and fastened strap.
 Types of helmets
  • Single impact: (bicycle helmet). Must be replaced after a crash or hard hit to the head, even if you can't see any damage.
  • Multi impact: (hockey helmet). They are designed to protect against more than one impact. Must be replaced when you see damage.
  • Multi sport: does not mean that it is multi impact but that it is approved for more than one activity. Check the maker's label for the list of activities for which the helmet can be worn safely.
 When should I replace a helmet?
  • After a crash or large impact.
  • When it does not fit anymore.
  • Helmets with cracks, dents or frayed and torn straps should be replaced.
  • Every five years after the manufacturing date for bicycle helmets (this date will be on a sticker in or on the helmet).

Concussions

If you have had a concussion, you should not be returning to sports. A concussion is a brain injury where the brain has hit the inside of your skull.

 Symptoms to look for if you have been hit:
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (feeling more tired than usual)
  • Memory problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Vision, balance or coordination problems
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop activity immediately and see a doctor right away.

 Returning to Play
Parachute Canada has released a guideline for health care professionals on how to deal with concussions. Health care professionals are not the only that need to know you are mending a concussion, talk to your school, coaches and work about returning to regular activities after a concussion.

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