Concussion Prevention: New “Heads Up” Program Aims to Improve Head Injury Prevention and Treatment

concussion prevention with heads upAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three quarters of all cases of traumatic brain injury that are reported each year are concussions or similar mild brain injuries.

The agency hopes to improve the public’s ability to prevent, recognize and respond to these types of injuries with a pair of new “Heads Up” programs.

  • Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is aimed at providing young athletes, coaches and parents with the information they need to reduce these types of injuries.
  • Heads Up to Clinicians is aimed at helping healthcare providers prevent, diagnose and treat concussions.

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

Although the CDC offers a variety of fact sheets, posters and quizzes aimed at concussion prevention in their Heads Up program for youth sports, the core of their message can be summed up in three points. If you suspect that a young athlete may have suffered a concussion:

  • Take the athlete out of the game
  • Don’t try to diagnose the injury on your own
  • Get the advice of a healthcare provider

The Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports offers resources for concussion prevention organized into three different sections for the three types of individuals who play the biggest roles in youth sport safety:

  • Coaches are encouraged to take an online quiz and training course for youth sports specifically design to improve concussion prevention. They are also provided with fact sheets and clipboard materials, as well as a poster.
  • Young athletes can take part in ensuring their own safety through a quiz, fact sheet and poster from the Heads Up program.
  • Parents are also provided with a quiz, fact sheet and magnet that reminds them of what they can do to improve concussion prevention.

Heads Up to Clinicians

The CDC also has a corresponding Heads Up program geared toward concussion prevention and treatment from a healthcare perspective. Heads Up to Clinicians consists of an online training course that focuses on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of concussions, as well as concussion prevention.

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