It’s hard to keep a young athlete away from a game she loves.

Just ask Sara Vis.

A couple of the years ago, Vis, then in Grade 10, was playing in a hockey tournament in Regina when she was cross-checked into the boards. It was a classic dirty hit, one that left the Winnipeg teenager with a brief loss of consciousness and a concussion.

“I don’t remember anything from the time of the hit until the ambulance ride,” she says.

But she does remember the common concussion symptoms that followed: muddled memories of what happened, nausea for the first few days, difficulty reading or watching screens, and “massive headaches” when she did an activity that raised her pulse rate. In the aftermath of the hit, she missed one week of school and the symptoms lingered for about three weeks.

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