What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a common form of head injury, often categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
It is an injury that results from a direct or indirect blow to the head, face or jaw causing an alteration of
brain function evident through a variety of related symptoms.

Signs & symptoms of a Concussion

Concussions are often very difficult to detect because the injury is not visible.
It is also possible that typical symptoms of a concussion only appear after a few days.

Managing a Concussion

Concussions, like any other physical injury, should be properly managed and rehabilitated –
especially when symptoms persist beyond the first few days. Consider seeking help from a
Rehabilitation Professional trained in Concussion Management under the following circumstances

Mental Health and Concussions

As many as 20% of individuals who suffer a concussion will go on to experience persistent and potentially disabling symptoms
lasting months and in some cases years – impairing performance at work, school, preventing return to sport, and ultimately reducing quality of life.

7th Annual Emergency Services Charity Hockey Tournament

March 23 & 24, 2022 at the Gale Center, Niagara Falls

A two-day round robin tournament in beautiful Niagara Falls. Each team is guaranteed three games.
Team pizza provided. Licensed concession room on site.

StopConcussions Foundation’s 4 Step Program.

StopConcussions was designed to educate players, administrators, physicians, coaches and officials on the cause, effects and consequences of concussions and neurotrauma injuries, not only in hockey but all sports. Brain and spinal cord injury result in life-changing consequences, and to date, no “standard of practice” has been implemented into the areas that have a higher frequency of serious injury such as hockey, football, rugby, and soccer.

Navigating concussion recovery can be an extremely challenging and isolating experience. As many as 20% of individuals who suffer a concussion will go on to experience persistent and potentially disabling symptoms lasting months and in some cases years – impairing performance at work, school, preventing return to sport, and ultimately reducing quality of life.

What’s more, 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms that persist for months post-concussion. Challenges with depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance abuse are not uncommon and can pose a significant barrier to recovery when left untreated.

Today kids play several sports that overlap seasons so it is so important we have a plan for dealing with concussions. Parents need support from the entire organization from each sport to deal with concussions. With heightened awareness we now have to all be on the same page. No longer is it left up to the player and the parent to fend for themselves. We now need coaches, trainers and family doctors working with them and add a concussion expert to make sure all aspects from detection, diagnosis to management of this invisible injury is in place. Baseline testing and tools in the toolbox are needed to make sure we do all we can to reduce the incidences of concussions.

#1 EDUCATION

Our goal is to educate coaches, parents, players, administrators and referees about the causes, effects and consequences of concussions.

#2 PREVENTION

Through education and our sport-specific platforms, we will change the mindset of the participants from the grassroots up. Supported by our website and on-location seminars we are able to instill the principles of respect and safe play values in the sport today.

#3 MANAGEMENT

It is as important to manage a concussion, as it is to diagnose it. If a concussion does occur we want to be there for the athlete giving them proper post-concussion management with a qualified medical expert, including neurocognitive testing.

#4 RESEARCH

Since concussions are virtually invisible injuries it is important to continue research in this area. Through establishing our network of specially trained researchers and qualified healthcare professionals to effectively assess and treat concussed athletes we stand to enhance our sporting community.

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Donations are used towards funding educational material for coaches, parents, and teachers and allow us to continue our work in general. If you want to work with us or become an ambassador to help spread the word, please don’t hesitate to contact us! If you are interested, click one of the buttons on the right.

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Concussed Stories

Concussions in sport is a complex issue.
Concussed touches upon the key principles in helping us better understand the injury and how it affects our society today.

Wayne Primeau

Wayne Primeau

Wayne Primeau (NHL Player)

I am one of the co-founders of stopconcussions.com, brother of Keith Primeau and retired NHL veteran of 14 seasons. I got involved with stopconcussions.com because of my…

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Living with a Concussion

Keith Primeau

I retired from playing in the NHL in 2006 because of the fallout of a concussion in 2005, but my injury history goes back to 1997. Well, at least the diagnosed ones. People ask how many concussions I’ve had during…

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A Parent’s Role

Chris Turpen

I saw the whole thing happen. It was a
fifty-fifty ball in a soccer game. Both players went airborne, and instead of striking the ball with his head, a player struck his opponent in the face. Both players…

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About Us

StopConcussions is a non-profit company, that aims to bring players, parents, coaches and officials information on brain concussions and their consequences in contact sports.

This website is here to help educate and are not intended to replace medical care and/or professional supervision. There is no substitute for a competent neurologist, physician, health professional or clinician when it comes to diagnosing and managing concussions. What StopConcussions offers is an insight into the nature of a brain injury. It is a guide to help you understand the cause, effects and consequences of concussions as well as how you can help reduce the incidences of the injury, manage the injury better and be able to ask all the right questions when dealing with a concussed individual.

The brain is complex, and each injury is personalized. Not only is every brain different, so is every concussion, and the therapy must be tailored to each individual. With this said, only a physician or qualified healthcare professional who has been educated in concussions can recommend a treatment and rehabilitation program. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a specific injury, contact your physician immediately.

Contact Us

Whether you need help dealing with a concussion, need information or other materials or are a concerned parent or coach, we are happy to help. Please contact us with any and all inquiries regarding our field. For emergencies please contact our free number 1.855.223.1002