It's Concussion Awareness Week because a strong focus on safety in sports will help keep young athletes safe. Over the past few years, there's been more focus on building a culture in sports where athletes take steps to lower their chances of getting a concussion and recognize and report concussion symptoms. This is critical for them to be able to seek care and take time to recover properly.
While research is ongoing to help identify the best approach to changing the culture of concussions in sports, there are action steps that coaches, parents, health care providers, and school professionals can take now to help keep young athletes safe and supported as they pursue the sports they love to play.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a free training for parents and coaches to improve the culture of concussions. During the training, you'll learn how to:
- Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury
- Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond
- Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion
- Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season
For more information about concussions, and what you can do to keep your athlete safe, visit https://www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp/ .