Make wearing a helmet cool

Any Canadian children are enjoying time off from school this week and that means a lot of them are skiing, snowboarding, skating, and participating in other outdoor activities. It also means they may be at higher risk for injury, including a concussion or a more serious brain injury.

Every year about 45,000 Canadians get a concussion. In the past, medical experts expected people suffering a single concussion to recover fairly quickly without serious long term problems. But recent studies are shedding new light on the long term effects of concussions. A Canadian study indicates that even one major concussion can result in poorer memory, decreased reaction times, and a decline in motor skills later in life.