There are many ways you can lower your risk of a concussion. Always check with your LHCP and follow his/her recommendations. Although you may take all the correct steps, a concussion may still occur.
Always wear a helmet when:
|Safely buckle your child in the correct car seat, booster seat or seat belt for his/her height, weight and age||Improve lighting in the home and remove tripping hazards (throw rugs, clutter).|
|Install window guards to prevent falls from open windows||Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors|
|Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs||Install grab bars in bathrooms and handrails in stairways|
|Ensure playground surfaces are made of shock-absorbing material, such as wood chips or sand||Maintain a regular physical activity program if your doctor approves|
Signs and symptoms of concussion for all ages typically fall into four categories:
|Headache||Feeling mentally "foggy"||Irritability||Drowsiness|
|Nausea||Feeling slowed down||Sadness||Sleeping less than usual|
|Vomiting||Difficulty concentrating||More emotional than usual||Sleeping more than usual|
|Balance problems||Difficulty remembering||More nervous than usual||Trouble falling asleep|
|Dizziness||Forgetful of recent information or conversations|
|Visual problems||Confused about recent events|
|Fatigue||Answers questions slowly|
|Sensitivity to light||Repeats questions|
|Sensitivity to noise|
|Dazed or stunned|
- Wear a seat belt every time you ride in a motor vehicle
- Never operate machinery while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter or all-terrain vehicle
- Using in-line skates or skateboard
- Playing contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing
- Playing baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
- Recognize symptoms of a concussion and develop a concussion action plan
- If concussion is suspected, do not allow athlete to return to play until evaluated and cleared by a LHCP.
- Follow proper techniques, good sportsmanship, and rules of the game.
- Ensure equipment fits properly, is used correctly, and meets manufacturer standards to help reduce concussion risk.