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Concussions - Keeping Kids Safe

Injury Prevention & Safety, Info for Health Professionals

A concussion is a brain injury that is the result of an impact to the head, face, neck, or body. A concussion can be sustained by a person at any age. Falls are the leading cause of concussion in children and youth. As a health provider you have an opportunity to teach your clients about concussions and how to prevent them from occurring.

Key Messages

  • Work with your clients to prevent falls in children. Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about home safety.
  • Speak to your clients about installing safety devices to windows to limit the distance a window can open to no more than 10 cm (4 inches).
  • Teach your clients about how they can keep their kids safe while engaging in recreational activities. Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about playgrounds and play spaces.
  • Encourage your clients to not let their children engage in high-risk activities such as playing on the trampoline.
  • Remind your clients that falls can occur from activities such as, cycling or walking home from school. Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about cycling safety and pedestrian safety.
  • Teach your clients about the signs and symptoms of a concussion

Other great resources from parachutecanada.org such as the Concussion Guide For Parents and Caregivers and Concussion Ed can teach your clients more about concussions and how to prevent them.