A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It affects the way a person may think and remember things. It can cause a variety of symptoms including physical symptoms (headaches and dizziness), cognitive symptoms (difficulty concentrating or confusion), emotional symptoms (i.e. irritability) and sleep disturbances. Any blow to the head, face, neck or body that jars the head could cause a concussion.
The Acute Sport Concussion Clinic (ASCC) is in the Sport Medicine Centre within the University of Calgary. It was established to provide timely, evidence-based care for people who may have suffered a concussion while participating in a sport. If you suspect you have a concussion and meet the criteria, you may be a candidate for ASCC.
Who should visit the clinic:
You may be a candidate to visit the ASCC if you meet the following conditions:
- The injury occurred while participating in a sporting activity
- The injury occurred within the last six weeks
- You are between the ages of 5 and 60 years
- The concussion was not the result of a motor vehicle collision
- The injury did not occur at work and is not a WCB claim