Some tips that may help you to prevent or minimize your risk of head injury include:

  • Wearing protective gear during sports and other recreational activities. Always use the appropriate protective gear for any sport you or your child undertakes. Make sure the equipment fits properly, is well-maintained and worn correctly. Follow the rules of the game and practice good sportsmanship.

    When bicycling, motorcycling, snowboarding or engaging in any recreational activity that may result in head injury, wear protective headgear.

  • Buckling your seat belt. Wearing a seat belt may prevent serious injury, including an injury to your head, during a traffic accident.
  • Making your home safe. Keep your home well-lit and your floors free of anything that might cause you to trip and fall. Falls around the home are a leading cause of head injury.
  • Protecting your children. To help lessen the risk of head injuries to your children, block off stairways and install window guards.
  • Exercising regularly. If you're older, exercise regularly to strengthen your leg muscles and improve your balance.
  • Educating others about concussions. Educating coaches, athletes, parents and others about the features of a concussion, how to evaluate a concussion, and how to determine when it's appropriate to return to play or school can help spread awareness and knowledge about concussions. Coaches and parents can also help encourage good sportsmanship.
Apr. 02, 2014