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Concussion - How to prevent?

The most common cause of concussions in children and teenagers is head injury during contact sports such as rugby, football, and basketball, as well as non-contact sports such as cricket and softball.

While participating in sports is a great way for your child to make friends and stay active, here are some things you can do to ensure they stay safe while they play:

  • Encourage your child to learn proper sports techniques from their coaches. These techniques will promote safe play and ensure safety in situations where contact occurs.
  • Encourage your child to follow his or her coach’s safety instructions and the rules of their sport.
  • Encourage children (and their coaches) to report any head injuries, even if it means that they have to sit out of the game for some time.
  • Where relevant, encourage your child to wear safety equipment (e.g. helmets) that are recommended for the sport. Protective gear must also fit well and be used properly.

Concussions can also occur from falls at home (e.g. from a double-decker bed). Home fittings and furniture should be assessed for safety.

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