Concussion: Prevention and risks
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- How to reduce your risk of getting a concussion
- How to manage your concussion
- Concussion management resources
How to reduce your risk of getting a concussion
Use safety equipment that fits properly. This includes:
- car and booster seats
- protective sports gear, such as a properly fitted helmet
Helmets can't prevent a concussion, but they may reduce its severity, and can prevent other serious injuries, like skull fractures.
Video: Helmet tips and tricks
You can reduce your risk of concussion in contact sports through:
- proper training
- supervision for practices and games
- concussion awareness and management tools
Many national sports organizations have rules and procedures (protocols) for recognizing and managing concussions.
For more information on surveillance of traumatic brain injuries across the life course, including concussions, please see the Injury in review, 2020 edition: Spotlight on traumatic brain injuries across the life course.
How to manage your concussion
Your doctor or health care provider will tell you when you can return to work, school and activities such as sports.
Concussion management resources
- SCHOOLFirst handbook
- best practices for teachers and schools to support children and youth to return to school after a concussion
- Return-to-School Strategy
- visual tool showing the stages of progression to support children and youth to return to learning and school safely
- Return-to-Sport Strategy
- visual tool showing the steps to follow to return to sport and physical activity
- Concussion Ed app:
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