Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 1/21/2020 Did You Know? January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Month. Every year millions of people in the US participate in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and hockey. These are fun activities that encourage physical activity and get people outside during winter, however the high speeds and slippery surfaces can also lead to serious injuries. TBIs result in an alteration of brain function, usually due to a violent blow or jolt to the head. Concussions are one type of TBI. Brainline.org offers some injury prevention tips to protect yourself and your loved ones when participating in winter sports: 1. Always wear a properly-fitted helmet designed for the specific sport and ALWAYS replace it after a serious fall. 2. Have fun, but know your limitations—start slow, take lessons for new sports, and make sure children are supervised. 3. Be familiar with your surroundings and stay alert to blind spots or changes in terrain or weather. 4. Know the warning signs of a concussion: Headaches One pupil larger than the other Weakness or numbness Altered coordination or balance Confusion or slurred speech Nausea and/or vomiting Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously. Not feeling “quite right” 5. If you or a loved one has a concussion, take time to recover before putting yourself into a high risk situation again. For more information on brain injuries, including concussions, visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.