How can I help to prevent concussions?
Though not all concussions can be prevented, there are steps you can take to decrease the risk of your child sustaining one.
Ensuring your child has the right equipment
Helmets and mouth-guards are vital pieces of equipment that protect your child from serious skull and dental injuries, but they do not prevent the brain from moving around when there is impact to the head.
There is no equipment that can totally prevent concussions. Ensuring that your child has the required equipment for the sport, that it is in good condition and fits correctly, could decrease incidents that cause concussions.
Encouraging fair play
A child's behaviour and attitude has a major impact on concussion causing incidents. Remember your child is watching you. You can encourage fair play by modeling respect and fair play in the presence of your child.
Creating a positive attitude for reporting
Children will often hide symptoms of concussion because they don’t want to fall behind in school or disappoint their team or parents. Creating a positive avenue for reporting concussion symptoms sooner can make the biggest difference in preventing more serious concussion outcomes and associated risks.
Learning more about concussions
Educating yourself is the first step in preventing concussions and reducing associated risks for your child. Take the Concussion Awareness Course for Parents and check out the Parent Resources where you will find videos, expert talks and articles.
Teaching your child
Teaching your child about concussions helps them understand how serious a concussion injury can be. It also gives them the tools to recognize and report if they do sustain a concussion. An informed child is more likely to comply with the recovery process. Use the resources in the Students section of this website to help teach your child about concussions.