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Head injuries- Play it safe

Be Brain Smart

Spring! Time to launch into outdoor sports and recreation. As we take to our bikes, boards and scooters, head to the playground and run down the field, let's all remember - be brain smart!

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) related to sports and recreation are on the rise in the US. A bump, blow or jolt to the head can disrupt how the brain works, sometimes seriously.
Full TBI definition »

3 things to know:
1.  Bicycling is the sport with most estimated TBI-related Emergency Room visits.
2. Children are most at risk for TBI's, with increased severity & longer recovery.
3. More than 173,000 children are treated for sports-related TBI's each year
Statistics from Centers for Disease Control.

Preventing Sports-related TBI's
Helmets - Protection Plus! 

    • For many recreational activities, wearing a helmet can significantly reduce risk of a serious head injury, or even save a life.
    • Be sure helmet is appropriate to activity and fits properly
    • "Which Helmet for Which Activity" - brochure with lots of good info about fit, features, safety, i.e., children should NOT wear helmets on playground. Published by US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Play It Safe

  • Proper technique, safe practices, good sportsmanship are always in season.

All About TBI's  - Recognize & Respond

The CDC has compiled a wealth of info on TBI's, including:

  • Concussion in sports (more than 75% of TBI's are concussions)
  • Concussions: Recognize and Respond