How can I help to prevent concussions?

Equipment

Helmets and mouth-guards are vital pieces of equipment that protect the player from serious skull and dental injuries, but they do not prevent the brain from moving around when there is impact to the head.

There is no equipment that can totally prevent concussions. Ensuring that your child has the required equipment for the sport, that it is in good condition and fits correctly, could decrease incidents that cause concussions.

Encourage fair play

A child's behaviour and attitude about sports has a major impact on concussion causing incidents. Remember your child is watching you. You can encourage fair play by modeling respect and fair play in the presence of your child.

Children will often hide symptoms of concussion because they don’t want to disappoint their team or parents. An injured child needs to feel confident in reporting their symptoms. Creating a positive avenue for reporting concussion symptoms sooner can make the biggest difference in preventing more serious concussion outcomes and associated risks.

Learn more about concussions

Educating yourself is the first step in preventing concussions and reducing associated risks for your child. You can further educate yourself by taking the Concussion Awareness Course and checking out the Resources where you will find videos, expert talks and articles.

Teach your child

Teaching your child about concussions helps them understand how serious a concussion injury can be. It also gives them the tools to recognize and report if they do sustain a concussion. An informed child is more likely to comply with the recovery process. Use the resources in the Players section to help teach your child about concussions.

Red Flag Symptoms

If your child shows any of the following Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

  • Neck pain
  • Increased confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Weakness in arms/legs
  • Tingling or burning in arms/legs
  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Unusual behaviour change
  • Double vision