As contact sports ramp up in the southeast, the concern with concussions and brain injuries may have some parents worried about what they can do.
"We can start it in the clinic," Alisa Mosley from Southeast Physiotherapy. "They come in, have an assessment. From the assessment, the therapist will recommend specific exercises, what the protocols are. If at the very end, we're not able to resolve the symptoms within a timely manner, then we will refer to GPs and we also have another specialist in Regina."
"Concussions have always been happening. In the old days, it was, "You're fine, get back out there and go play," or "You just have a headache, go out and play." Now we're realizing that not following proper protocols is having long-term."
She added that while she is not a specialist in the area, some general longterm effects that can occur include residual headaches and neck pain, memory issues, as well as mood issues.
Mosley offered some advice to parents who are concerned that their children are showing signs of a concussion.
"The first thing is to get your baseline done every single year. As you get your children booked in for eye appointments, general doctor appointments, dentist appointments, that's when we like to get the baselines done."
"Even if you don't have the baselines done, then come in and talk to us. It makes it a little more difficult not knowing what is normal for the child versus what is a symptom."