Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

Falls and motor vehicle crashes are the most common causes of brain injury in school-age children.  However, participation in sports frequently results in brain injury, primarily concussion.  There are many ways to reduce the chances that you or your child will sustain a brain injury or concussion.  For example…

 In a vehicle:

• Ensure your child wears seatbelt when driving (teens) or riding in a motor vehicle.

• At all times, use a car seat or booster for children less than 8 years old.

• Never drive or ride with someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

During play or sports:

• Wear a helmet when riding any kind of bike, scooter, skateboard or all-terrain vehicle.

• During athletic games and practices, make sure your child uses correct protective equipment and follows safety rules of sport.

• Do not return to play with a known or suspected concussion until you have been evaluated and given permission by an appropriate health care professional. 

• Make sure the surface on your child’s playground is appropriate and maintained. 

At home:

• Install window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows.

• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

• Keep stairs clear of clutter.

• Secure rugs and use rubber mats in bathtubs and never leave child unattended.

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