Demonstration Shows the Impact of a Brain Injury

If you've ever wondered what the effects of a concussion or brain injury are like, you can find out.

The Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County is using simple items to show the impact for a demonstration at Devonshire Mall this weekend.

Volunteer Kate Turner says the idea is to show how brain injuries can affect people differently.

"How it affects all the different parts of the brain, so we've got some activities going on.  Some of them are sensory, some of them are memory, some of them are balance because a brain injury can affect any different areas of the brain depending on where the injury is."

She says the display helps you understand what a brain injury does to people.

"By doing these demonstrations people can see the difficulties that someone with a brain injury would have just in their daily life with everything.  It doesn't just impact certain activities.  It's really that every day things people take for granted that you can do normally."

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Several items being used to demonstrate the impact of a brain injury, June 7, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Turner says they hope this shows how even a mild concussion needs to be treated.

"I think that it's really important because if you don't get proper treatment you do continue to exert yourself, the brain injury can actually get worse and can have more of a severe impact on your life rather than being able to be resolved more quickly."

There are about half a million people in Ontario living with a brain injury.

In the Erie St. Clair LHIN area close to 800 people every year experience a mild traumatic brain injury.