Protect Your Child From Concussion

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A traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head is called a concussion. Sometimes concussions are caused by a hit to the body that results in the head and brain moving rapidly back and forth. When the brain bounces around or twists within the skull, it can create chemical changes in the brain. The twisting and stretching may also damage brain cells.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following steps to avoid a first concussion, and to help prevent more concussions:

In the Game

  • Practice good sportsmanship.
  • Use the right equipment for the sport you are playing.
  • Wear a properly fitted helmet, especially for contact sports like football, hockey, rugby and lacrosse. Also wear a helmet for any other recreational activity that could cause a blow to the head including biking, snowmobiling, scootering, rollerblading, skateboarding, sledding and riding a horse.
  • Follow the rules for the sport.
  • Find an outdoor place to play that is made of shock-absorbing material, such as mulch or sand rather than pavement.

If your child has suffered a concussion, do not allow them to play or practice again until the activity has been approved by your doctor. Multiple concussions can severely damage the brain, although symptoms may not show up for years later.

In the Car

  • Make sure children ride in the correct kind of car seat for their age and weight.
  • Wear a seat belt every time in the car.

If you think your child may have suffered a concussion, speak with your doctor about the proper treatment.

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