Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    When in doubt, sit them out

    16/03/2016 11:30 AM
    • New concussion awareness campaign launched for winter sports season
    • Education about concussion at all levels of sport 

    A new video campaign to be screened during the winter sports season aims to educate people about the dangers of concussion in sport.


    Launched today by Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies during Brain Awareness Week, the video features a young player receiving a knock during a local junior football game and the coach taking him off the field.


    "A player doesn't need to lose consciousness to have concussion and it's important people know that concussion can happen to someone playing any level of sport," Ms Davies said.


    "This serious injury doesn't only affect professional athletes, it can happen in grassroots sports too.  Concussion in sport is more common in junior sport than in any other group of athletes.


    "In fact, it is generally accepted that fewer than 20 per cent of concussed children are diagnosed with concussion, with fewer again seeking medical attention."


    The video was made by Sports Medicine Australia (WA Branch) as part of a wider Concussion in Sport Education Project - which is funded by State Government grants through the Department of Sport and Recreation.  The video will be screened on Channel 7 and social media.


    "The aim of this campaign is to remind people of the three important steps of game day management:  recognise the injury, remove the player from the game and refer the player to a doctor for assessment," the Minister said.


    "Generally, the sports most affected by concussions are motor sports, equestrian activities, Australian Rules Football, rugby and roller sports."


    The launch of the video also coincides with the release of a revamped Concussion in Sport Project website which has been reconfigured for tablets and mobiles, that will allow access to information about concussion courtside or at a game.


    The website also features videos from local athletes discussing concussion.


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