Concussion Prevention

Head Injury Prevention at Home

It’s important to seek ways around the home to create a safe environment and encourage safe practices to prevent head injuries.

  • Always wear seatbelts in the car
  • Buckle children in age and size appropriate car and booster seats that are properly installed
  • Protective gear- wear a helmet that is certified for use, age appropriate and fits, worn consistently and is in good condition. A helmet should be secure and not move when you shake your head
  • Prevent falls
    • putting up handrails
    • secure rugs
    • secure loose electrical cords
    • put away toys
  • Install safety gates to the top and bottom of the stairs
  • Put grab bars in the bathroom, use nonslip mats in the tub and on floor
  • Improve lighting and remove trip hazards
  • Install window safety guards

Head Injury Prevention Outdoors

As long as children play sports or outside, there will always be a risk for concussions. So take some necessary precautions to help lessen the risk for head injuries.

  • Use playgrounds with soft material under them like mulch or sand
  • Do not dive in pools above ground or less than 9 feet
  • Follow all rules at pools and parks
  • Do not wear anything to interferes with vision
  • Do not participate in sports when sick or tired
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Be aware of drivers when on bikes, scooters or skateboards
  • Avoid uneven pavement
  • Choose safer routes, such as streets with minimal traffic or protected bike lanes
  • Perform regular safety checks on sports fields, equipment or playgrounds
  • Discard damaged or old equipment
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or ride with anyone under the influence

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