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.
• 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.