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Concussions - Keeping Kids Safe

Injury Prevention & Safety

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 the home. Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about tips for safety at home.
  • 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 (e.g., biking, skateboarding). Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about tips for safety at play.
  • 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 playing, cycling or walking home from school. Clients can visit parachutecanada.org to learn about tips for safety on the road.
  • 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. Also available, fun concussion awareness activities for kids, share with your clients the Brain Maze and Chalk Artwork