Prevention

Concussion Prevention

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.

Non-Sports Related

Always wear a helmet when:

Children Seniors
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

Sports-Related

Signs and symptoms of concussion for all ages typically fall into four categories:

Physical Cognitive Emotional Sleep
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      
Numbness/tingling      
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.