A task force commissioned by the Parti Quebecois will be studying sport concussions over the next six months.
The group of neurologists, athletes and lawyers will prepare a report giving recommendations on how to prevent, detect and follow up on concussions.
“Not to scare anyone but people need to be informed, we want the kids to practice the sports, but we want to make sure they are doing it in a safe way and we want to make sure that injuries and concussions are well managed,” neuropsychologist Dave Ellemberg, who's leading the task force, told CJAD.
Ellemberg says there needs to be a better understanding of concussions, because those that go unnoticed can lead to death or brain damage.
“Through my research I have interacted with many coaches who had very little, to no information about concussions, and through my practice I see many kids who suffer the symptoms of a concussion, without knowing that they had one.”
He says in Washington state, coaches, parents and athletes must sign legal documents confirming they understand the risk of concussions and that by law if they suspect a child has a concussion, he or she cannot play until they have be seen by a doctor.
He says the worst thing to do is to continue playing with a concussion.